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

It’s unpleasant to consider, but often times dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have unwelcome tenants. You can try and lure the little guys out but they may not leave their babies if they are nesting. Call Chief/Bauer Service Experts for a complete duct cleaning and we will ensure your duct system is rid of all these uninvited house guests, including:


Not much is worse than working to kill a spider and seeing it run into an air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is lay in your room and imagine the spider laying all those baby spiders. You may even think you hear a couple scampering around your duct system. Never fear. Chief/Bauer 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. Babies, too.


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, commonly through gaps in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they get into, including seasonal decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That joined with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely carrying in to create a nest, and now there’s quite the fire hazard in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A good duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you might also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the rodents and maybe an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.


Birds typically get into safe and sheltered places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are bringing food to babies, and that means BUGS. If you discover 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 large amount of stuff they use to construct said nest, it can end up completely clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a completely duct cleaning from Chief/Bauer Service Experts can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other potential illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need a professional wildlife removal company to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If there are mice in your home’s ducts, you should take steps to remove them. Mice nibble on wiring and leave refuse like most rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the beltway of your house, they eventually pass away inside. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You probably guess mice due to the noises you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling inside walls. Or you may actually notice one making an escape into the air vents in your home. You may even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you think there’s mice you have some options. You could trap them yourself, by placing traps just inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you can pay for a pest control company.

Once you’ve verified that the mice are removed, you should have your ducts thoroughly 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. Chief/Bauer Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call Chief/Bauer Service Experts soon for a full duct cleaning to help make sure the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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