Rats are best kept out of sight and out of mind, but just because they’re out of sight doesn’t mean they can’t damage your home. One of rats’ favorite hiding spots is the ductwork of your heating and air system. By either chewing their way in or finding unsealed areas, rats have quick access to almost anywhere in your home. This can greatly decrease the efficiency of your heating and air system and lead to health concerns inside your home.
Knowing There’s a Problem
As most homeowners don’t routinely inspect the inside of their ductwork, knowing there are rodents living in the heating and air ductwork isn’t always easy. However, there are some signs that will give you a pretty good indication. Below are some of the most common signs of rats in the ductwork.
- Holes in the walls
- Rodent droppings
- Insulation pieces coming through the vents
- The air coming from the system smells bad
To get rid of existing rodents, the only solution is extermination. This can be done with traps purchased at the hardware store or you can call a professional. Just make sure to check the traps daily and safely dispose of any deceased rats to avoid a smelly situation. Once the rats are gone, find the entry points and seal them. If the rats chewed through parts of the ductwork, a professional heating and air repair company may need to be called.
Now that you’ve taken care of the existing problem, you can take steps to prevent this situation from happening again. Storing food in sealed containers and sweeping up crumbs will deter rodents from sticking around. Having your heating and air system routinely inspected by signing up for a preventative maintenance plan will help spot signs of rodents early and mitigate damage.
If you’re in need of ductwork repair or any kind of heating and air repair, call ASAP Heating and Air. We offer a full range of heating and air services provided by trained and friendly professionals.