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

It’s unpleasant to consider, but sometimes dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have unwelcome visitors. You can attempt to lure the creatures out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Rolf Griffin Service Experts for a thorough duct cleaning and we will ensure your duct system is rid of all these unwelcome house guests, for instance:


There are few things worse than working to kill a spider and seeing it escape into your air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is sit in your room and imagine the thing laying all those baby spiders. You may even swear you hear a couple scuttling around your duct system. No worries. Rolf Griffin Service Experts will come see you and give you a thorough duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her creepy-crawly friends are good and gone. The offspring, too.


When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, generally through holes in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes several issues. First, squirrels, mice, or raccoons can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they get into, including Christmas decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That mixed with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely bringing in to create 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 remove rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the rodents and maybe an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.


Birds typically find safe and warm places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are feeding babies, and that means BUGS. If you discover birds in your vents, you’ll presumably end up with bugs in your home. But that’s not the end of it. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the great amount of materials they use to assemble said nest, it can end up totally clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a completely duct cleaning from Rolf Griffin Service Experts can remove any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need animal control to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you have mice in your home’s ductwork, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice nibble on wires and leave droppings like most rodents, but they also add to their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the beltway of your home, they may die in there. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You may guess mice from the sounds you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling along sheet metal. Or you may actually notice one making an escape into the heating vents in your house. You might even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice feces. Either way, if you think there’s mice you have a couple options. You can trap them yourself, by setting traps just inside each duct and checking them every morning. Or you can hire a pest control company.

After you have determined that the mice are exterminated, you will need to have your ducts expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make you sick. Rolf Griffin Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s airways.

Call Rolf Griffin Service Experts soon for a thorough duct cleaning to help assure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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