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  1. #1
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    You open the crawlspace door and see a ton of spiders and other crawly things

    What are you guys doing in this situation ?

    Close your eyes and dive in ?

    I carry a case of Hot Shot foggers

    Toss a few down there and come back in 2 hours .....

    House I was at other day had Ratts running around , that was creepy. I kept on eye on them and one on the unit

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    I just try to keep an eye on them and get in there with them. I can handle a snake but I can't stand a spider. I have been spider bit many times from working in plants.

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    Was in one years ago, took a broom with me and it came out looking like a world record Q Tip. Plucked one spider off the back of my neck after feeling its pointy legs crawling around.

    Ever have a cornered wild squirrel jump on your head? I have twice in my garage....reminded me of the spider on my neck with its pointy toe nails.
    "The road to Hell is paved with progressive policies."

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    When I was younger and invincible I would just dive in. Today? Forget it!! The fogger is a great idea!!

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    Use a stick to knock down webs and dive in

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    Tyvec suits are like $12.

    Not much fun to wear when it's hot...
    Which makes more sense to you?
    CONSERVATION - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10%
    ENERGY EFFICIENCY - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 30-70%

    DO THE NUMBERS! Step on a HOMESCALE.
    What is comfort? Well, it AIN'T just TEMPERATURE!

    Energy Obese? An audit is the next step - go to BPI.org, or RESNET, and find an auditor near you.

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    Disposeable coveralls, bright lights, put cardboard or similar down if it's a crawlspace, and a broom, preferable the customer's to sweep away webs etc. I used a fogger once, found that spiders were dropping like rain from the joists around me, I'll never do that again. I hate the thought of a spider on me, but as long as they stay in their place all is well.
    Question authority!

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    Chemicals that aren't good for a spider can't be too good for you.
    Which makes more sense to you?
    CONSERVATION - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10%
    ENERGY EFFICIENCY - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 30-70%

    DO THE NUMBERS! Step on a HOMESCALE.
    What is comfort? Well, it AIN'T just TEMPERATURE!

    Energy Obese? An audit is the next step - go to BPI.org, or RESNET, and find an auditor near you.

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    oh yes there are definately a bunch of dead bodies on the floor after fogging. I just flick them out the way and keep crawling.

    If the crawlspace has plastic down and a good 4 foot high gap I dont bother with fog. Theres enough room to duck down and work. Its the really tight spaces I dont care for , where you have to belly crawl and its dirt. I then feel like the Perfect meal for critters.

    I know couple boys ended up in the ER from spider bites.

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    You could take a bottle of map gas with you and burn what ever gets close to you. Just don't burn the house down. Other than that never really thought about I just dive in head first. But then again I like to play with fire. Been known to catch myself on fire from time to time (accidentally of course).

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    You could also tell the customer your not going in their crawl space until they get there infestation taken care of. Told one I wasn't going in his attic when it was 115 outside this year. He wasn't happy but I didn't go in his attic either.

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    i have been bit by all kinds of stuff and have seen it all. rattlesnakes,coral snakes your everyday corn snake. and of course a wide aray of spiders. i havent been bit by all those things but did get it from a black widow that was hiding behind the control board on a 40 ton york condenser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwolfe View Post
    You could also tell the customer your not going in their crawl space until they get there infestation taken care of. Told one I wasn't going in his attic when it was 115 outside this year. He wasn't happy but I didn't go in his attic either.
    "you go first". Lol.
    Which makes more sense to you?
    CONSERVATION - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10%
    ENERGY EFFICIENCY - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 30-70%

    DO THE NUMBERS! Step on a HOMESCALE.
    What is comfort? Well, it AIN'T just TEMPERATURE!

    Energy Obese? An audit is the next step - go to BPI.org, or RESNET, and find an auditor near you.

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