While it’s common for homeowners to discover a rat, mouse, or other small rodent has died in their HVAC duct, it’s not a nice experience at all.
Often, it will leave you with a horrible aroma and mess to get cleaned.
Even though the critter died in your HVAC duct, the aroma will very likely seep into your residence and cause your entire place to have a nasty aroma! While it’s best to have this style of situation handled by a professional, there are some things you can do in the event a small critter dies in your HVAC duct. The only way to determine where a critter died in your basement, attic, crawlspace, or HVAC duct is to go after the scent. If you can see the critter, you can go ahead and remove it. If you don’t see it right away, you may want to think about hiring a professional to search for a proper disposal of the critter! Animals often crawl into nooks or dark corners, or even into the insulation to die, making it relatively challenging to find. Once it’s been found and removed, you sincerely should clean the area to get rid of the awful aroma and disinfect the area. One thing you should do after all of this is to have a thorough inspection of your HVAC machine and HVAC duct so you will know how the critter was able to enter your HVAC duct in the first site. It’s incredibly important to find these entrances to prevent another critter from getting into the HVAC duct, and also increase efficiency of your HVAC machine as well. You may also want to consider having your ducts professionally cleaned. Though this issue you may be able to take care of by yourself, you can see why it may be a good idea to hire a professional to come in and assist you with the issue.