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

You don’t want to think about it, but occasionally dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have freeloading guests. You can pull out all the stops to lure the little guys out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Teays Valley Service Experts for a thorough duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is free of all these nasty house guests, including:


There are few things worse than aiming to kill a spider and seeing it escape into your air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is lay in bed and imagine the thing laying all those baby spiders. You may even swear you hear a few scurrying around your duct system. Never fear. Teays Valley Service Experts will come see you and give you a full duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her creepy-crawly friends are evicted. The offspring, too.


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, commonly through holes in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they encounter, including holiday decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That mixed with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely carrying in to manufacture a nest, and that creates quite the fire hazard in your attic, duct system, and behind your walls. A full duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you may also need to call animal control to remove the rodents and possibly an electrician if there was any wire damage.


Birds usually find safe and warm places to nestand your air vents meet that criteria. Nests mean eggs, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you find birds in your vents, you’ll presumably end up with bugs in your home. But that’s not the end of it. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of leaves and grass they use to build said nest, it can wind up fully clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a thorough duct cleaning from Teays Valley Service Experts can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need animal control to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you have mice in your ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice nibble on electrical wires and leave feces like most rodents, but they also grow their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the beltway of your home, they eventually die in the ducts. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You might guess mice because of the sounds you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling in ductwork. Or you may actually see one making an escape into the vents in your house. You could even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. Either way, if you suspect mice you have two choices. You could trap them yourself, by placing traps just inside each vent and checking them every morning. Or you can hire a pest control company.

If you have determined that the mice are gone, you will need to have your ducts expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice droppings are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make you and your family sick. Teays Valley Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s air ducts.

Call Teays Valley Service Experts soon for a full duct cleaning to help make sure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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