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

You don’t want to think about it, but often times dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have unwelcome visitors. You can attempt to lure the little guys out but they may not leave their babies if they are nesting. Call Becht/Givens Service Experts for a thorough duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is clear of all these unwelcome house guests, such as:

Insects and Bugs

There are few things worse than trying to kill a spider and seeing it run into an air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is sit on the couch and imagine the thing laying all those baby spiders. You may even believe you hear a few scampering around your duct system. Don’t worry. Becht/Givens Service Experts will come to your home and give you a thorough duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her yucky friends are evicted. The offspring, too.


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, generally through openings in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they come across, including holiday decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That joined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely taking in to create 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 might also need to call animal control to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and possibly an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.


Birds usually get into safe and sheltered places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you find birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with bugs in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the great amount of materials they use to build said nest, it can wind up totally clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with our furry friends, a full duct cleaning from Becht/Givens Service Experts can get rid of any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might 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 your home’s ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice chew through electrical wires and leave refuse like most rodents, but they also grow their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your residence, they usually die in there. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice it due to the smell.

You may guess mice due to the noises you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling along metal. Or you may actually notice one making an escape through the vents in your home. You may even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice feces. Either way, if you suspect mice you have a couple choices. You may trap them yourself, by setting traps just inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you might decide to pay for a pest control company.

After you have determined that the mice are removed, you should have your ductwork thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you leave them in your ducts they can make you and your family sick. Becht/Givens Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s air ducts.

Call Becht/Givens Service Experts now for a thorough duct cleaning to help ensure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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