The ductwork in the home is designed to deliver warm or cool air into every room to keep the home comfortable. Though these ducts are an important element to the HVAC system, they also make a convenient passageway for pests. It is essential the first step taken is to have a professional pest control expert eliminate the threat but getting the ducts clean is vital to prevent serious health risks. Today, we at Air Pure Air Duct Cleaning would like to further elaborate on duct cleaning following a pest infestation.
Can Mice & Rats Chew Through Ductwork?
Pests are inventive and can find their own ways in the seemingly secure and sealed ducts. While pests generally enter through broken ducts or chew their way through flexible materials, they can still get in through the very small gaps and vent openings. Over time, as the mounting equipment loosens and the house settles, the ducts sag, crack, or break open. If necessary, getting a duct inspection to ensure the ducts are in good condition can get them repaired and sealed. Because of the nature of the ducts, the pests can used them to nest and travel, especially during the cooler months when they look for warmth.
Health Risks of Rodents & Pests in Air Ducts
Eliminating the pests may now stop the source of health hazards and property damage, though you may believe that is enough. After even a minor infestation, the droppings, exoskeletons, fur, bodies and other debris are all left behind. Rodent infestations are particularly bad as the leave behind pee and poop that increases direct risks of the life-threatening hantavirus, bubonic plague, and Lassa fever. Other pests can trigger asthma and allergy attacks.
Hire a Company that Specializes in Air Duct Cleaning
There are a few pest control companies that may offer duct cleaning, but it is recommended that you have a company that specializes in air duct cleaning to ensure the ducts are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. With specifically designed tools and equipment, the air ducts are completely cleaned, removing all the debris. The pest control techs are not necessarily equipped to properly clean or repair ducts.
Pest Prevention Tips in Air Ducts
Once the pests are cleared from the ducts and the residual mess is properly cleaned, you want to take the time to prevent pest infestation in your home, and especially in the air ducts. Try installing a fine mesh hardware cloth inside the vents to prevent their invasion without interrupting the air flow if you notice they are slipping in through the vent covers. Be sure the ducts are in good condition and properly sealed. Additionally, flexible ducts will need to properly insulate to prevent rodent infestation as well as quality pest deterrents in place to keep rats and squirrels away.
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If you are dealing with a pest infestation, or recently dealt with one, contact Air Pure Air Duct Cleaning and let our qualified experts properly clean your air ducts to ensure all of the residual pest remnants are efficiently removed, leaving clean and sanitized air ducts. Call us today!