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

It’s unpleasant to consider, but often times dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have freeloading guests. You can try and lure the little guys out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Pardee Service Experts for a complete duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is rid of all these unwelcome house guests, including:

Bugs and Insects

Nothing is worse than trying to kill a spider and seeing it escape into the air vent. It’s out of reach now and all you can do is lay in bed and imagine it laying all those spider babies. You may even think you hear a couple scampering around your duct system. Don’t worry. Pardee Service Experts will come out and give you a full duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her creepy-crawly friends are evicted. Babies, too.


When rodents make their way into your duct system, usually through gaps in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, squirrels, mice, or raccoons can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they come across, including holiday decorations or old baby clothes you’re keeping in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That mixed with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely taking in to create a nest, and now there’s quite the fire hazard 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 might also need to call animal control to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and possibly an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.


Birds usually find safe and warm places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean babies, which means they are feeding babies, and that means BUGS. If you have birds in your vents, you’ll presumably end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the great amount of stuff they use to assemble said nest, it can end up totally clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a professional duct cleaning from Pardee Service Experts can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could also need an expert animal removal company to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If there are mice in your ducts, you should take steps to remove them. Mice chew through wiring and leave feces like all rodents, but they also add to their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your home, they eventually die in there. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You probably suspect mice from the noise you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling along metal. Or you could actually spot one making an escape into the vents in your walls. You may even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you you’re worried you have mice you have some choices. You may trap them yourself, by setting traps inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you might decide to contract a professional exterminator.

Once you have verified that the mice are gone, you really should have your ducts thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make your household sick. Pardee Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call Pardee Service Experts today for a thorough duct cleaning to help assure the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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