Rodents in the Ventilation system
Rodents in the ventilation system is a very common problem that most wildlife control operators receive on a daily basis usually in the winter time frame. Wintertime is the most prevalent time for a wildlife control operator to receive this call the calls the rodents which include squirrels rats flying squirrels and chipmunks are usually looking for a warm place to spend the cold winters night. These rodents will usually make their way into the ductwork of the homes HVAC system through the attic portion of the home this is usually accomplished from the rodent eating a hole into the flexible line that supplies conditioned air to the main living space. Once the rodent has chewed a hole into the flexible line the road it now has access in to the top entire ductwork system which runs the entire length and width of the house. This usually becomes a problem when the rodent falls down into a vertical section of the ductwork and is unable to climb out, Residents have short claws and are unable to grasp the slick metal which most ductwork systems is constructed of. The most common rat that you will find in you ventalation system is a norway rat.
How do I get these rodents from my ductwork
The way most wildlife control operators or pest-control companies remove these rodents from your ductwork is through manually inner in the ductwork from either the attic or the crawlspace and physically removing the animal with either a glue board or a control stick Sometimes the rodent can be lured out of the duck work with a baited trap or other sent type of attractant but if the animal is in fact stuck the only way to get the animal out is to physically remove the animal from the duck work. This often requires specialized tools such as bore scopes, glue boards, grasping sticks, and often fiber-optic lights if you have these tools available to you you can often perform this job yourself, if you do not have access to the specialized tooling then you should contact a professional wildlife removal company to assist you with this problem If this problem goes untreated more often than not it leads to the rodent dying in the ductwork and within several days an uncontrollable smell will permeate the house, some pages that may interest you are : Squirrels in Ridge Vent,
What types of Disease is associated with Rodents?
Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, Lassa Fever, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis, Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, Plague, Rat-Bite Fever, and Salmonellosis are some of the diseases that are associated with Rodents and their presence. If you do any research on these particular diseases you will find that a rodent is not a animal that you want to keep in or near your home or living space. We have more information on wildlife disease here.