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

It’s not fun to think about, but sometimes dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You might have heard animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have unwanted visitors. You can attempt to lure the creatures out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Barlow Service Experts for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is rid of all these unwanted house guests, including:

Insects and Bugs

Nothing is worse than working 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 bed and imagine the thing laying all those spider babies. You may even swear you hear a few scuttling around your duct system. Don’t worry. Barlow Service Experts will come to your home and give you a complete duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her yucky friends are good and gone. Eggs, too.


When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, usually through holes in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they get into, including Christmas decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That combined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely taking in to build a nest, and now there’s quite the fire danger in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A complete duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the furry visitors and perhaps an electrician if there was any wire damage.


Birds normally find safe and dry places to nestand your air vents are perfect. 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 worst part. Birds build nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of leaves and grass they use to create said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with our furry friends, a thorough duct cleaning from Barlow Service Experts can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could also need an expert animal removal company 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 to quickly remove them. Mice chew through wiring 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 beltway of your home, they eventually die in the ducts. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice it due to the smell.

You probably guess mice from the sounds you hear – some scratching and scrabbling along sheet metal. Or you might actually see one making an escape into the vents in your house. You could even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. If you you’re worried you have mice you have two choices. You can trap them yourself, by placing traps on the interior of each vent and checking them in the morning. Or you might decide to contract 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 living in the walls, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make you and your family sick. Barlow Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s air ducts.

Call Barlow Service Experts now for a full duct cleaning to help assure the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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