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

It’s not fun to think about, but sometimes dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have unwelcome visitors. 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 Orangutan Home Services for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will confirm your duct system is free of all these unwanted house guests, such as:

Bugs and Insects

Nothing is worse than aiming to kill a spider and watching is escape into an air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is sit on the couch and imagine it laying all those baby spiders. You may even believe you hear a few scrambling around your duct system. Fear not. Orangutan Home Services 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. Babies, too.


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, usually through openings in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they come across, including Christmas decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That mixed with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely carrying 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 thorough duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you might also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the rodents and possibly an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.


Birds usually get into safe and dry places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean babies, which means they are feeding babies, and that means BUGS. If you discover birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not all. Birds build nests in your vents, and given the great amount of leaves and grass they use to construct said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a professional duct cleaning from Orangutan Home Services can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need an expert animal removal company to actually remove the birds from air vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you have mice in the ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice nibble on wiring and leave refuse 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 house, they eventually pass away inside. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You may suspect mice because of the sounds you hear – some scratching and scrabbling inside ductwork. Or you could actually notice one making an escape through the air vents in your house. You may even confirm their status 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 placing traps just inside each duct and checking them in the morning. Or you can hire a professional exterminator.

If you have determined that the mice are removed, you really should have your air ducts expertly 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 ignore them in your ducts they can make your household sick. Orangutan Home Services offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s air ducts.

Call Orangutan Home Services today for a thorough duct cleaning to help make sure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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