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 notice 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 Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning for a complete duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is clear of all these nasty house guests, including: 

Bugs and Insects 

Nothing is worse than working to kill a spider and seeing 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 baby spiders. You may even swear you hear a few scurrying around your duct system. Fear not. Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning will come to your home and give you a full duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her bug friends are good and gone. The offspring, too. 


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife find themselves in your duct system, usually through openings in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they come across, including holiday decorations or old baby clothes you’re saving 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 bringing in to create a nest, and that creates quite the fire danger in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A thorough duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call animal control to remove the furry visitors and maybe an electrician if there was any wire damage. 


Birds usually find safe and warm places to nestand your air vents meet that criteria. Nests mean babies, which means they are feeding babies, and that means BUGS. If you find birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not all. Birds create nests in your vents, and given the large amount of materials they use to build said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with rodents, a completely duct cleaning from Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning can get rid of any droppings, feathers, or other likely 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 ductwork, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice nibble on wires and leave feces like all rodents, but they also grow their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the road system of your home, they may pass away inside. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice unpleasant scents. 
You probably think of mice from the noises you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling along metal. Or you might actually notice one making an escape through the heating vents in your home. 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 choices. You could trap them yourself, by setting traps on the interior of each vent and checking them every morning. Or you could hire a pest control company. 
Once you have verified that the mice are gone, you really should have your 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. Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s air ducts. 

Call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning now or schedule online for a thorough duct cleaning to help make sure the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and pest-free.