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

You don’t want to think about it, but often times dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have unwanted visitors. You can try and lure the little guys out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare for a complete duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is rid of all these uninvited house guests, for instance:

Bugs and Insects

Not much is worse than working to kill a spider and watching it run into your air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is lay in bed and imagine the spider laying all those spider babies. You may even think you hear some scrambling around your duct system. Never fear. Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare will come out and give you a full duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her creepy-crawly friends are out of there. Eggs, too.


When rodents make their way into your duct system, usually through holes in the duct work and breaks 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 seasonal decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That combined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely carrying in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire hazard in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A professional duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call animal control to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and possibly an electrician if there was any wire damage.


Birds normally find safe and warm places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean eggs, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you find birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with bugs in your home. But that’s not the end of it. Birds assemble nests in your vents, and given the large amount of materials they use to create said nest, it can wind up completely clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a full duct cleaning from Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare can get rid of any droppings, feathers, or other possible illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could also need a professional wildlife removal company to actually remove the birds from air vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If there are mice in your home’s ducts, you should take steps to remove them. Mice chew through wires and leave refuse like all rodents, but they also add to their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your residence, they may pass away inside. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You probably guess mice from the noises you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling along walls. Or you may actually notice one making an escape into the vents in your home. You may even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. Either way, if you think there’s mice you have a couple choices. You can trap them yourself, by setting traps on the interior of each vent and checking them each morning. Or you might decide to hire a professional exterminator.

Once you have determined that the mice are exterminated, you will need to have your ductwork thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left droppings in your ducts. Mice droppings are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make your household sick. Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s airways.

Call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare today for a thorough duct cleaning to help make sure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free.