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

You don’t want to think about it, but occasionally dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have freeloading tenants. You can attempt to lure the creatures out but they may not leave their babies if they are nesting. Call Gordon's Service Experts for a thorough duct cleaning and we will confirm your duct system is free of all these nasty house guests, for instance:

Bugs and Insects

Nothing is 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 sit on the couch and imagine the thing laying all those baby spiders. You may even think you hear a couple racing around your duct system. Fear not. Gordon's Service Experts will come out and give you a thorough duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her yucky friends are out of there. The offspring, too.


When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, commonly through openings in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they come across, including holiday decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That joined with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely bringing in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire risk in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A good duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you might also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the rodents and possibly an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.


Birds typically look for 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 have birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds create nests in your vents, and given the large amount of leaves and grass they use to build said nest, it can wind up completely clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a professional duct cleaning from Gordon's Service Experts can get rid of 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 home’s air ducts, you should take steps to remove them. Mice chew through electrical wires and leave droppings like all rodents, but they also grow their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the beltway of your house, they usually die in the ducts. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice it due to the smell.

You may guess mice due to the noise you hear – some scratching and scrabbling along air ducts. Or you might actually see one making an escape through the air vents in your walls. You might even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you suspect mice you have two choices. You may trap them yourself, by setting traps inside each duct and checking them in the morning. Or you can pay for a pest control company.

After you have verified that the mice are removed, you should have your ductwork professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you leave them in your ducts they can make you and your family sick. Gordon's Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s airways.

Call Gordon's Service Experts soon for a complete duct cleaning to help assure the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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