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

You don’t want to think about it, but occasionally dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have freeloading visitors. You can try and lure the critters out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Norrell Service Experts for a thorough duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is clear of all these unwelcome house guests, for instance: 

Bugs and Insects 

Not much is worse than aiming to kill a spider and watching it run into the air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is sit on the couch and imagine the spider laying all those spider eggs. You may even believe you hear some scuttling around your duct system. No worries. Norrell Service Experts will come out and give you a full duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her creepy-crawly friends are evicted. The offspring, too. 


When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors make their way into your duct system, generally through openings in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they encounter, including holiday decorations or old baby clothes you’re storing in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That mixed with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely bringing in to create a nest, and now there’s quite the fire danger in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A thorough duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you might also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and maybe an electrician if there was any wire damage. 


Birds usually get into safe and warm places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean eggs, which means they are bringing food to babies, and that means BUGS. If you find birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds assemble nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of stuff they use to create said nest, it can result in fully clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a professional duct cleaning from Norrell Service Experts can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other potential illness-carrying leave-behinds. You may also need animal control to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics. 

Mice in Air Ducts 

If there are mice in your home’s ductwork, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice gnaw electrical wires and leave refuse like all rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the beltway of your residence, they eventually pass away inside. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice an unsavory odor. 
You probably think of mice due to the noises you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling in ductwork. Or you might actually spot one making an escape into the heating vents in your home. You might even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you think there’s mice you have two options. You can trap them yourself, by setting traps on the interior of each duct and checking them every morning. Or you might decide to contract a specialist. 
After you’ve determined that the mice are exterminated, you should have your ductwork professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice droppings are toxic, and if you don’t remove them from your ducts they can make your household sick. Norrell Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s airways. 

Call Norrell Service Experts now or schedule online for a thorough duct cleaning to help make sure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free. 

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