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

It’s not fun to think about, but occasionally dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have unwelcome visitors. You can attempt to lure the critters out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is free of all these uninvited house guests, for instance:


Not much is worse than trying to kill a spider and watching it run into the air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is lay in your room and imagine the spider laying all those spider eggs. You may even swear you hear some scurrying around your duct system. No worries. Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare will come out and give you a full duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her yucky friends are good and gone. Babies, too.


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, commonly through holes in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they come across, including holiday decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That combined with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely bringing in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire danger in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A professional duct cleaning can remove rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and possibly an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.


Birds usually get into safe and dry places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean eggs, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you discover birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not the end of it. Birds create nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of leaves and grass they use to build said nest, it can wind up completely clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with rodents, a professional duct cleaning from Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare can remove any droppings, feathers, or other potential illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could also need animal control to actually remove the birds from the vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you’ve got mice in your home’s ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice gnaw electrical wires and leave feces 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 unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You may suspect mice from the noises you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling along metal. Or you may actually spot one making an escape through the vents in your house. You may even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. If you you’re worried you have mice you have a couple choices. You could trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each vent and checking them each morning. Or you can hire a pest control company.

After you have verified that the mice are gone, you should have your ductwork thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you don’t remove them from your ducts they can make you sick. Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare soon for a thorough duct cleaning to help assure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.