What's Crawling Around in Your Home's Air Ducts?

You don’t want to think about it, but sometimes dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have freeloading visitors. You can try and lure the creatures out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Norrell Service Experts for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is free of all these nasty house guests, including:

Creepy-Crawlies

There are few things worse than working to kill a spider and watching it run into an air vent. It’s out of reach now and all you can do is lie in bed and imagine it laying all those spider babies. You may even think you hear a few scuttling around your duct system. Don’t worry. Norrell Service Experts will come to your home and give you a thorough duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her bug friends are good and gone. Babies, too.

Rodents

When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, usually through gaps in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, squirrels, mice, or raccoons can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they come across, including Christmas decorations or old baby clothes you’re keeping in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That combined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely taking in to create a nest, and that creates quite the fire danger in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A full duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the furry visitors and maybe an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.

Birds

Birds typically look for safe and dry places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean babies, which means they are bringing food to babies, and that means BUGS. If you discover birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not all. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the large amount of stuff they use to create said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with rodents, a completely duct cleaning from Norrell Service Experts can remove any droppings, feathers, or other possible illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need animal control to actually remove the birds from the vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you have mice in your ductwork, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice gnaw electrical wires and leave refuse like most rodents, but they also grow their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your residence, they usually die in there. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You may suspect mice because of the noise you hear – some scratching and scrabbling in air ducts. Or you might actually spot one making an escape through the air vents in your walls. You may even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. Either way, if you you’re worried you have mice you have a couple choices. You may trap them yourself, by setting traps on the interior of each vent and checking them each morning. Or you could pay for a pest control company.

If you’ve determined that the mice are removed, you should have your ducts expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left droppings in your ducts. Mice droppings are toxic, and if you leave them in your ducts they can make you sick. Norrell Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s airways.

Call Norrell Service Experts now for a complete duct cleaning to help ensure the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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