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

It’s not fun to think about, but occasionally dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have freeloading guests. You can pull out all the stops to lure the little guys out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Niagara Home Services by Enercare for a complete duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is free of all these nasty house guests, for instance:


There are few things worse than working to kill a spider and seeing 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 spider laying all those baby spiders. You may even think you hear a couple scuttling around your duct system. Never fear. Niagara Home Services by Enercare will come out and give you a full duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her bug friends are good and gone. Eggs, too.


When rodents make their way into your duct system, normally through openings in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they get into, including seasonal decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That joined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely taking in to build a nest, and now you have quite the fire risk in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A complete duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the furry visitors and maybe an electrician if there was any wire damage.


Birds usually look for safe and warm places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean eggs, which means they are feeding babies, and that means BUGS. If you discover birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not all. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the great amount of stuff they use to build said nest, it can wind up completely clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with rodents, a full duct cleaning from Niagara Home Services by Enercare 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 air vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you’ve got mice in the air ducts, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice chew through wiring and leave droppings like all rodents, but they also add to their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the road system of your home, they usually die in the ducts. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You might guess mice from the sounds you hear – some scratching and scrabbling along sheet metal. Or you might actually spot one making an escape through the air vents in your home. You could even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. Either way, if you think there’s mice you have a couple choices. You may trap them yourself, by setting traps inside each duct and checking them every morning. Or you can hire a specialist.

After you’ve verified that the mice are removed, you will need to have your ductwork expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, 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. Niagara Home Services by Enercare offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s airways.

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