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

You don’t want to think about it, but sometimes dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You might have heard animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have freeloading visitors. You can pull out all the stops to lure the little guys out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air for a thorough duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is clear of all these unwelcome house guests, such as:


Nothing is worse than working to kill a spider and watching is escape into an air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is lay in your room and imagine the spider laying all those spider babies. You may even swear you hear a couple scurrying around your duct system. Don’t worry. Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air will come to your home and give you a thorough duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her yucky friends are good and gone. Babies, too.


When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, usually through openings in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they encounter, including seasonal decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That combined with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely carrying in to manufacture a nest, and now there’s quite the fire risk in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A full 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 perhaps an electrician if there was any wire damage.


Birds typically find safe and sheltered places to nestand your air vents meet that criteria. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you have birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with bugs in your home. But that’s not the end of it. Birds assemble nests in your vents, and given the great amount of stuff they use to create said nest, it can wind up fully clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a completely duct cleaning from Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could also need a professional wildlife removal company to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you’ve got mice in the ductwork, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice nibble on wires 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 road system of your home, they may pass away inside. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You might think of mice because of the noises you hear – some scratching and scrabbling along sheet metal. Or you might actually see one making an escape through the air vents in your walls. You might even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you suspect mice you have some choices. You could trap them yourself, by setting traps on the interior of each duct and checking them in the morning. Or you could contract a specialist.

Once you’ve verified that the mice are removed, you should have your air ducts thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice droppings are toxic, and if you don’t remove them from your ducts they can make you sick. Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s air ducts.

Call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air now for a thorough duct cleaning to help ensure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free.