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

It’s not fun to think about, but sometimes dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You might have heard animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have unwanted guests. You can try and lure the critters out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Robinson Service Experts for a thorough duct cleaning and we will ensure your duct system is free of all these uninvited house guests, including:

Bugs and Insects

Not much is worse than aiming 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 lie in bed and imagine the spider laying all those baby spiders. You may even think you hear a few racing around your duct system. Fear not. Robinson Service Experts will come to your home and give you a complete duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her bug friends are out of there. Eggs, too.


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, usually through openings in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they encounter, including Christmas decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That mixed with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely taking in to build a nest, and now you have quite the fire hazard in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A professional duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you may also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the rodents and maybe an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.


Birds typically find 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 have birds in your vents, you’ll presumably end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not all. Birds assemble nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of materials they use to assemble said nest, it can end up totally clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with rodents, a full duct cleaning from Robinson Service Experts can remove 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’ve got mice in your home’s air ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice nibble on wires and leave feces like most 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 residence, they may die in the ducts. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You probably think of mice due to the sounds you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling along air ducts. Or you might actually see one making an escape into the vents in your house. You could even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. Either way, if you you’re worried you have mice you have two choices. You could trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you can pay for a professional exterminator.

After you have verified that the mice are exterminated, you should have your ducts professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, 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. Robinson Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s airways.

Call Robinson Service Experts today for a full duct cleaning to help ensure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.