As the weather here in Monterey gets colder, many animals like mice, rats, squirrels and other critters start to look for someplace warm to hunker down until spring. Sometimes Mother Nature provides, but all too often these animals find refuge in a home or business’s heating or aid ducts.
Animals in air ducts can cause a lot of damage in problems down the road, so it’s best to prevent this from happening in the first place. Of course, if it’s already too late for that it’s time for a game plan to get the pests gone (and keep them away).
If you want to keep animals out of your air ducts, or think you already have them and want to know what to do about it, keep reading to get more info from Preferred Hood & Duct in Monterey, CA.
How to Prevent Animals from Getting Into Air Ducts
As with any other problem, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to animals in your air ducts. Prevent them from getting in by taking the following precautions:
- Minimize the number of entry points. Animals, especially rodents, can often get into a home’s air ducts by crawling through small holes and crevices in the building’s exterior. Inspect your home, either by yourself or with the help of a professional, to make sure there are no holes in the siding, soffit, fascia, or other common problem points.
- Cover vent openings with a wire mesh cover – 16-gauge, 18-gauge, or 22-gauge works best. This will prevent rodents, birds, bats, and other creatures from getting inside the only necessary openings in your home or business’s ductwork.
- Consider purchasing an ultrasonic animal repeller to keep animals away from your home. These devices run on an AC plug or batteries and emit a high-frequency sound that humans can’t hear, but the kinds of animals that find air ducts cozy absolutely hate. They’re easily available at most hardware stores and online.
What to Do About Animals Already in Air Ducts
If you think you already have animals in your air ducts (the sound and smell is usually the best giveaway) you need to take action immediately.
First, you need to call a licensed professional pest control company to have any living animals removed from your air vents or ducts. If you’re confident in your abilities, laying down traps is also an option, but poison isn’t recommended. Once the infestation is eliminated, take the precautionary steps outlined above to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Finally, it’s time to get your ducts cleaned up and have any damage diagnosed and addressed. If you’re in Monterey, call Preferred HD for all your residential and commercial duct cleaning needs. They’ll clean up whatever mess your unwelcome guests left behind, and point out any serious damage they may have done. Get in touch by calling (860) 613-1130 or using this online form today.