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

It’s unpleasant to consider, but sometimes dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have unwanted tenants. You can try and lure the little guys out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Roland J. Down Service Experts for a thorough duct cleaning and we will confirm your duct system is clear of all these unwanted house guests, such as:


Nothing is worse than aiming to kill a spider and watching is escape into your air vent. It’s out of reach now and all you can do is lie in bed and imagine it laying all those spider eggs. You may even think you hear a couple scampering around your duct system. Don’t worry. Roland J. Down Service Experts will come see you and give you a complete duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her yucky friends are good and gone. Babies, too.


When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, normally through holes in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they get into, including Christmas decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That mixed with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely bringing in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire hazard in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A good duct cleaning can remove rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and possibly an electrician if there was any wire damage.


Birds typically find safe and dry places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean eggs, which means they are feeding babies, and that means BUGS. If you discover birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not all. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the large amount of stuff they use to build said nest, it can end up totally clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with our furry friends, a completely duct cleaning from Roland J. Down Service Experts can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other potential illness-carrying leave-behinds. You may also need a professional wildlife removal company to actually remove the birds from air vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you’ve got mice in the ductwork, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice nibble on electrical wires and leave refuse like all rodents, but they also add to their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the beltway of your house, they may die in there. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You probably suspect mice because of the noises you hear – some scratching and scrabbling along metal. Or you may actually see one making an escape through the heating vents in your home. You could even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. Either way, if you think there’s mice you have a couple options. You may trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you might decide to pay for a specialist.

After you’ve determined that the mice are removed, you should have your ductwork expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice leavings are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make you sick. Roland J. Down Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call Roland J. Down Service Experts soon for a thorough duct cleaning to help ensure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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