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The Abcs Of Clearing Ducts After A Rodent Discovery In Your HVAC System

It's dark, it's secluded, and it's warm--there is nothing about duct work that is not enticing as a place to nest in the eyes of a rodent. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for unwitting homeowners to catch on to this fact long after rodents have already made their way inside of the ductwork in their home. If you are the unlucky person who ends up with a nest of rodents hanging out in your ductwork, there is no doubt that you have quite the task on your hands. Thankfully, there is a simple ABC rule guide that you can follow to help get rid of the problem as quickly as possible.

Always get in touch with professional pest control right away.

If you have mice, rats, or other rodents hiding out in your ductwork, there is a good chance that they are hanging out in the rest of the house as well. Therefore, it is a wise choice to get in touch with a pest control agent who can help you eradicate the rodent problem first. Even though a good HVAC professional can help you with duct cleaning and likely give you good advice about getting rid of pests, it is best if you have pest control agents working to eliminate all issues with rodents that are inside of your home to prevent further problems. 

Bring in an experienced HVAC technician to help you clean the ducts.  

Duct cleaning is a fickle process and if it is not done properly, you could be left with ducts that are damaged and ducts that do not operate as efficiently as they should. Therefore, even though you are dealing with a pest issue, it is crucial that you have a professional come in for duct cleaning. The technician will remove any droppings, nesting material, and debris that may be hanging around in your ducts once the pests are gone. 

Consider making upgrades and replacements to prevent the problem going forward. 

Most modern duct pipes are designed to ward off issues with pests and unless there is a significant amount of damage, rodents will not be able to make their way inside. Therefore, if you have outdated ductwork, you are at a greater chance of seeing problems with rodents at some point. It is a good idea to upgrade the ducts in your house to ensure you don't continue to see problems going forward.