Looking over our HVAC ducts

I love animals as much as the next guy would claim. Whether it’s a cute little squirrel, or a massive grown cat, I can’t keep myself from gussying up and trying to pet the animal! As much as I do love playing with an animal, domestic or wild – I don’t care much for animals that find their way into my condo without  being welcomed in! It’s a rare event, but once in a lifetime event can convince you that it could happen every single day if you don’t take the necessary precautions, let me explain. Last summer, we dealt with a heatwave the likes of which we hadn’t seen in years. It was over one-hundred degrees almost every single day, and the humidity was almost too much to bear, as if the stress from the heat wasn’t bad enough, our A/C started causing the house to have this awful stink. We couldn’t put our finger on it, but we checked the air filter and checked the ductwork from where we could see in. We found nothing that could be causing the air quality to be taking the nosedive that it was taking. Then, we heard it – this distinct skittering sound, like an animal trying to claw out of the ductwork! We promptly shut off the A/C system, and called pest control to come pull the animal out of the ductwork. We then made sure to trap the animal once we located where it was in the ducts,. We were careful not to cut off all airflow to the animal – you don’t want to kill them, just get them out! Once pest control arrived, they were able to retrieve the culprit from the ductwork – the smallest baby squirrel had managed to work their way into the ductwork, likely in an attempt to escape the Summer heat! Poor little guy, I wish I could’ve just taken care of him in the open air of our home!

HVAC ducts