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 unwanted tenants. You can attempt to lure the creatures out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Parker Pearce Service Experts for a complete duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is rid of all these unwanted house guests, such as:

Bugs and Insects

Not much is worse than aiming to kill a spider and seeing it run into the 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 spider babies. You may even believe you hear some scrambling around your duct system. Don’t worry. Parker Pearce Service Experts will come out and give you a full duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her yucky friends are out of there. Eggs, too.


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, normally through gaps in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes several issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they come across, including holiday decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That combined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely bringing in to build a nest, and that creates quite the fire risk 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 a professional animal removal company to remove the rodents and possibly an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.


Birds normally get into safe and warm places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean babies, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you find birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with bugs in your home. But that’s not all. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of materials they use to build said nest, it can end up totally clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with rodents, a professional duct cleaning from Parker Pearce Service Experts can get rid of 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 the vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you’ve got mice in your air ducts, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice chew through wiring and leave droppings like most rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your house, they eventually die in the ducts. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice it due to the smell.

You might think of mice from the noises you hear – some scratching and scrabbling along air ducts. Or you could actually notice one making an escape through the vents in your home. You could even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you think there’s mice you have a couple options. You may trap them yourself, by setting traps just inside each duct and checking them every morning. Or you can pay for a specialist.

Once you’ve verified that the mice are removed, you should have your ducts professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make you sick. Parker Pearce Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s air ducts.

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

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