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 realize you have freeloading visitors. You can attempt to lure the little guys out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Stark Services for a complete duct cleaning and we will confirm your duct system is rid of all these unwelcome house guests, such as:


Not much is worse than aiming to kill a spider and seeing it run into your air vent. It’s out of reach now and all you can do is lie in bed and imagine the spider laying all those spider eggs. You may even swear you hear some racing around your duct system. Don’t worry. Stark Services will come to your home and give you a complete duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her yucky friends are good and gone. Eggs, too.


When rodents make their way into your duct system, generally through openings in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they encounter, including Christmas 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 grass and leaves they’re likely taking in to create a nest, and now there’s quite the fire danger in your attic, duct system, and behind your walls. A thorough duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you might also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the rodents and maybe an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.


Birds normally get into safe and sheltered places to nestand your air vents meet that criteria. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are feeding babies, and that means BUGS. If you have birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not all. Birds create nests in your vents, and given the large amount of stuff they use to build said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with our furry friends, a completely duct cleaning from Stark Services can get rid of any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You may 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 wiring and leave droppings like all rodents, but they also add to their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the beltway of your house, they may die in there. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You may think of mice because of the noise you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling along air ducts. Or you may actually notice one making an escape through the vents in your home. You might even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you think there’s mice you have a couple choices. You could trap them yourself, by setting traps on the interior of each vent and checking them in the morning. Or you could pay for a professional exterminator.

After you’ve verified that the mice are gone, you will need to have your ducts expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice leavings are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make you sick. Stark Services offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call Stark Services soon for a thorough duct cleaning to help assure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.