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

It’s not fun to think about, but often times dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have unwanted guests. You can try and lure the creatures out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Kingston Home Services by Enercare for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is clear of all these unwanted house guests, such as:

Insects and Bugs

Nothing is worse than working to kill a spider and seeing it run into the air vent. It’s out of reach now and all you can do is lay in your room and imagine the thing laying all those spider babies. You may even swear you hear a couple scuttling around your duct system. Don’t worry. Kingston Home Services by Enercare will come see you and give you a full duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her bug friends are evicted. Eggs, too.


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, generally through gaps in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they encounter, including Christmas decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That joined with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely bringing in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire hazard in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A professional duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the rodents and possibly an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.


Birds usually look for safe and dry 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 presumably end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not the end of it. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of stuff they use to assemble said nest, it can end up completely clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with our furry friends, a professional duct cleaning from Kingston Home Services by Enercare can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other possible illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could also need an expert animal removal company to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you’ve got mice in the air ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice gnaw 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 usually pass away inside. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You may think of mice because of the noises you hear – some scratching and scrabbling in air ducts. Or you might actually spot one making an escape through the air vents in your house. You may even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. Either way, if you suspect mice you have some choices. You may trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each duct and checking them every morning. Or you could pay for a specialist.

Once you’ve verified that the mice are exterminated, you will need to have your air ducts expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left droppings in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make you sick. Kingston Home Services by Enercare offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call Kingston Home Services by Enercare soon for a thorough duct cleaning to help ensure the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and pest-free.