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

It’s unpleasant to consider, but often times 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 guests. You can try and lure the creatures out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Golden Seal Service Experts for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is free of all these nasty house guests, such as:

Bugs and Insects

There are few things worse than aiming to kill a spider and seeing it escape into the air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is sit in your room and imagine the spider laying all those spider eggs. You may even believe you hear a few scuttling around your duct system. Fear not. Golden Seal Service Experts will come see you and give you a thorough duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her yucky friends are evicted. Babies, too.


When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, usually through openings in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, squirrels, mice, or raccoons can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they encounter, 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 joined with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely carrying in to manufacture a nest, and now there’s quite the fire risk in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. 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 rodents and possibly an electrician if there was any wire damage.


Birds typically find safe and sheltered places to nestand your air vents meet that criteria. Nests mean babies, which means they are bringing food to babies, and that means BUGS. If you find 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 construct nests in your vents, and given the large amount of leaves and grass they use to construct said nest, it can result in totally clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with rodents, a completely duct cleaning from Golden Seal Service Experts can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other possible illness-carrying leave-behinds. You may also need animal control to actually remove the birds from air vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you have mice in the ducts, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice nibble on wires and leave refuse 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 house, they usually die in the ducts. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice it due to the smell.

You might think of mice because of the noises you hear – some scratching and scrabbling in ductwork. Or you might actually see one making an escape into the heating vents in your walls. You may even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice feces. If you you’re worried you have mice you have two options. You could trap them yourself, by placing traps on the interior of each duct and checking them in the morning. Or you could hire a specialist.

Once you have determined that the mice are gone, you really should have your air ducts thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice leavings are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make you sick. Golden Seal Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s air ducts.

Call Golden Seal Service Experts soon for a complete duct cleaning to help make sure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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