Keeping Your HVAC System Free of Pests

If you are like most homeowners, you probably consider your home as your safest place. You expect to be protected against outside elements including pests. Unfortunately, pests can find a way into your home through different channels and even damage your HVAC system. This the reason you should hire Barrier Pest Control services. Keep reading to know how pests can make their way into your HVAC system and the damage they can cause.

Pests that can Damage your HVAC System

Your home’s HVAC system is at risk of damage if you have any of the following pests:

  • Ants are drawn to the electromagnetic field of your AC condenser. When they get inside the unit, they will have a cozy and protected home. Ants can cause damage to the condenser, usually lead to a breakdown or failure of the unit.
  • Mice will try to nest inside air ducts, causing pollution from droppings, rotten food, and bacteria they bring in. Aside from compromising the air quality, mice can trigger an electrical fire by nesting and cause a complete system failure. Rodents tend to chew on anything and may feat on your insulation, wiring, and sealants.
  • Roaches like dark and cool places. They can maneuver their body to fit it through small cracks and holes. After they make their way inside your HVAC unit, they create noises while they walk around. Although you may not be concerned about damages when you have roaches in your unit, you will worry about the diseases and bacteria they may carry.
  • Snakes are drawn to a home’s ductwork as they look for a warm place in the winter and a cooler place in summer. The ductwork offers them a safe place to rest, away from possible threats.

How to Deter Pests

If you have identified pests inside your HVAC unit, never try to spray pesticides to the ducts or vents. This will be ineffective and allow toxic airborne particulates to travel through the system and into your house. The best thing to do is to seal the air ducts. Pests will look at the loose segments and ducts with cracks or holes to get into the system. Also, it is important to schedule regular maintenance. Regular HVAC checks can help prevent pests from entering your system. A licensed technician can inspect your air ducts, determine anything that might attract pests, and work with a pest control company to solve an infestation.