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

It’s unpleasant to consider, but occasionally dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have unwanted guests. You can pull out all the stops to lure the critters out but they may not leave their babies if they are nesting. Call D.A. Bennett Service Experts for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is rid of all these unwelcome house guests, including:


There are few things worse than working to kill a spider and watching it run into an air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is sit on the couch and imagine the thing laying all those spider eggs. You may even think you hear a few scuttling around your duct system. Don’t worry. D.A. Bennett Service Experts will come see you and give you a full duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her bug friends are good and gone. Babies, too.


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, commonly through holes in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they get into, including holiday decorations or old baby clothes you’re keeping 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 there’s quite the fire danger in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A good duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you may also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the furry visitors and perhaps an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.


Birds normally find safe and warm places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean baby birds, 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 all. Birds create nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of leaves and grass they use to assemble said nest, it can result in fully clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a completely duct cleaning from D.A. Bennett Service Experts can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other potential illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could also need animal control to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If there are mice in your air ducts, you should take steps to remove them. Mice chew through wires and leave feces like most 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 unpleasant scents.

You might think of mice from the noises you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling along ducts. Or you may actually see one making an escape through the heating vents in your house. You might even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you think there’s mice you have two options. You may trap them yourself, by setting traps just inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you can contract a pest control company.

After you have determined that the mice are exterminated, you really should have your air 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 droppings are toxic, and if you don’t remove them from your ducts they can make you sick. D.A. Bennett Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call D.A. Bennett Service Experts now for a thorough duct cleaning to help ensure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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