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

It’s not fun to think about, but occasionally dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have unwelcome visitors. You can try and lure the critters out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Midway Services for a thorough duct cleaning and we will ensure your duct system is free of all these nasty house guests, including:


Not much is worse than trying to kill a spider and seeing it escape into your air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is lay in your room and imagine the spider laying all those spider eggs. You may even believe you hear a couple scampering around your duct system. Fear not. Midway Services will come to your home and give you a complete duct cleaning and ensure 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, usually through openings in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they encounter, including Christmas decorations or old baby clothes you’re keeping in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That joined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely taking in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire risk in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A thorough duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you may also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the furry visitors and perhaps an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.


Birds normally look for safe and dry 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 six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not the end of it. Birds assemble nests in your vents, and given the large amount of leaves and grass they use to construct said nest, it can result in completely clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a professional duct cleaning from Midway Services 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 your 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 chew through wiring and leave droppings like all rodents, but they also grow their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the beltway of your house, they eventually pass away inside. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice it due to the smell.

You may guess mice from the noise you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling along walls. Or you could actually see one making an escape through the heating vents in your walls. You might even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. Either way, if you think there’s mice you have two options. You can trap them yourself, by placing traps just inside each duct and checking them in the morning. Or you might decide to contract a specialist.

If you have verified that the mice are exterminated, you will need to have your air ducts thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left droppings in your ducts. Mice leavings are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make you and your family sick. Midway Services offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s air ducts.

Call Midway Services now for a full duct cleaning to help make sure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.