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

It’s unpleasant to consider, but occasionally dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have freeloading visitors. You can try and lure the little guys out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Matz-Rightway for a thorough duct cleaning and we will ensure your duct system is free of all these nasty house guests, for instance:

Bugs and Insects

Nothing is worse than aiming 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 eggs. You may even swear you hear some scuttling around your duct system. No worries. Matz-Rightway will come see you and give you a full duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her yucky friends are good and gone. The offspring, too.


When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, normally through gaps in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes several issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they get into, including seasonal decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That combined with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely bringing in to manufacture a nest, and that creates quite the fire hazard in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A good duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the furry visitors and possibly an electrician if there was any wire damage.


Birds usually get into safe and dry places to nestand your air vents meet that criteria. Nests mean babies, which means they are bringing food to babies, and that means BUGS. If you find birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the large amount of stuff they use to construct said nest, it can wind up fully clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a professional duct cleaning from Matz-Rightway can remove any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You may 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 ductwork, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice gnaw electrical wires and leave refuse like all rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your residence, they eventually die in the ducts. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You might guess mice due to the sounds you hear – some scratching and scrabbling inside ducts. Or you may actually see one making an escape into the vents in your home. You could even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you suspect mice you have a couple options. You can trap them yourself, by placing traps just inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you might decide to contract a professional exterminator.

If you have verified that the mice are removed, you really should have your ductwork expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you leave them in your ducts they can make you and your family sick. Matz-Rightway offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call Matz-Rightway today for a full duct cleaning to help assure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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