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How to Pest-Proof Your HVAC System Components

pest-treatmentTime and time again, homeowners battle pest problems. When left unattended, pests can have damaging consequences as termites can destroy your home, tear your attic, and invade your interiors. When wasps create nests inside and outside your home, they pose a danger to your family and even visitors.

The good news is, with a proper pest control strategy, you can keep areas of your home safe from these pests. The heating and air conditioning system is one of the paths pests take to access your home. Therefore, ensuring that your HVAC system components are pest-proofed can help make your home pest-free.

HVAC Systems and Pest Problems

The poor condition of your HVAC components can create opportunities for pests to invade your indoor space. If your home is located in an area where certain infestations such as raccoons are common, they can make use of your HVAC system to enter your home. Some of the problems pests are likely to cause once they access your HVAC system components include:

  • Damage – Pests can easily damage your HVAC components either by nesting or using them to move about your home. This may necessitate expensive repairs or even system replacements.
  • Indoor air quality problems – When pests invade your home, their droppings and other debris they leave behind can cause your home to smell. When conditioned air circulates through your duct system, the odors emitted by the pests will be pushed into your home.
  • Health problems – Exposure to pests within the HVAC system can pose serious risks to your health and that of your family.

How to Pest-Proof Your System

In light of the problems above, you have every reason to act fast by taking the necessary steps to ensure your HVAC system and its components are pest protected. Below are some of the measures you can take.

Seal Your Ductwork
The cracks, gaps, and larger disconnections along your ductwork can create potential access points for pests to enter your HVAC system and the interiors of your home. Depending on the size of the air leaks, mice, insects and larger vermin can make their way into your ductwork. When the ductwork is infested you can set live traps inside the ducts to trap rats and mice. Glue traps can help catch insects and other smaller pests. A professional can help you seal your ducts so as to get rid of the problem once and for all.

Install Flue and Vent Covers
Vent covers ought to be installed on all exterior flues, exhaust vents and intake. The covers will help block pests from entering these systems thus keeping them clear of nests these pests build once they get in. The covers can also help keep rainwater out of your vent system.

In addition to the above measures, you should also protect your AC condenser by cleaning the area surrounding the external unit. Cutting away vegetation, cleaning excrements and using warm water to scrub the exterior of your unit, can help keep it clean and safe from vermin.