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 might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have unwanted tenants. You can pull out all the stops to lure the critters out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call D&K Home Services by Enercare for a thorough duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is free of all these unwanted house guests, for instance:


There are few things worse than trying to kill a spider and watching is escape into your air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is sit on the couch and imagine it laying all those spider eggs. You may even believe you hear a couple scampering around your duct system. No worries. D&K Home Services by Enercare will come see you and give you a thorough duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her bug friends are out of there. Eggs, too.


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, usually through holes in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes several issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they encounter, including seasonal decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That joined with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely taking in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire risk in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A professional duct cleaning can remove rodent droppings or nests, but you may also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the furry visitors and maybe an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.


Birds normally look for safe and sheltered places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean babies, which means they are bringing food to babies, and that means BUGS. If you have birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not the end of it. Birds assemble nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of leaves and grass they use to construct said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a full duct cleaning from D&K Home Services by Enercare can get rid of 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 you’ve got mice in the ducts, you should take steps to remove them. Mice gnaw wiring and leave refuse like all rodents, but they also grow their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your home, they usually die in there. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You probably guess mice from the sounds you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling inside ductwork. Or you might actually spot one making an escape into the heating vents in your home. You may even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice feces. Either way, if you suspect mice you have some options. You can trap them yourself, by placing traps just inside each vent and checking them in the morning. Or you can pay for a pest control company.

Once you’ve determined that the mice are gone, you really should have your air ducts thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice leavings are toxic, and if you leave them in your ducts they can make your household sick. D&K Home Services by Enercare offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s air ducts.

Call D&K Home Services by Enercare today for a thorough duct cleaning to help make sure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.