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

You don’t want to think about it, but often times dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have freeloading guests. You can try and lure the little guys out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Neal Harris Service Experts for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will ensure your duct system is rid of all these unwanted house guests, for instance:

Insects and Bugs

There are few things worse than working to kill a spider and seeing it escape into the air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is sit on the couch and imagine it laying all those baby spiders. You may even believe you hear a couple racing around your duct system. No worries. Neal Harris Service Experts will come out and give you a full duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her creepy-crawly friends are evicted. Eggs, too.


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, generally through holes in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they encounter, including seasonal decorations or old baby clothes you’re keeping in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That combined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely bringing in to build a nest, and now you have quite the fire danger in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A thorough duct cleaning can remove rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the furry visitors and maybe an electrician if there was any wire damage.


Birds normally look for safe and dry places to nestand your air vents meet that criteria. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are finding food for 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 the worst part. Birds build nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of materials they use to create said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a professional duct cleaning from Neal Harris Service Experts can get rid of any droppings, feathers, or other possible illness-carrying leave-behinds. You may also need an expert animal removal company 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 quickly remove them. Mice gnaw wires and leave feces like most rodents, but they also add to their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your home, they eventually die in there. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

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

Once you have determined that the mice are exterminated, you will need to have your air ducts expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice droppings are toxic, and if you leave them in your ducts they can make you and your family sick. Neal Harris Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s air ducts.

Call Neal Harris Service Experts now for a complete duct cleaning to help ensure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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