Usually just hope they stay away from me. One house had hoarders living in it and their two foot crawl had an infestation of common house spiders:
Everywhere I looked I saw one and they scurried around in the open too instead of staying in their webs like normal spiders. Thats what I really hated. Those spiders infested because of the moisture problem the people had which also caused the ground to be covered in some kind of white web looking mold and the occasional mushroom patch. I felt like I was in some kind of weird alien movie.
Then another house we did a change out on, the homeowner wanted a lead put back up that kept falling down at the very back of his crawl where you had to crawl flat. The only problem was the black widows everywhere
I went to call this past July for a poor airflow. I climbed into the attic and found myself being swarmed by 15-20 bees. I climbed out and told them to call pest control.
I went back when the pest control guy/bee keeper was there and he had cut open the spray foam in attic to find honey combs! There was a colony of 50k to 60k bees living in this customers attic! Crazy!
But with spiders, I usually take a long screwdriver and move them accordingly.
Open or closed cell foam?
Open cell, right?
Which makes more sense to you?
- turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10%
- 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.
Most of my customers have newer houses with basements or slabs. And the attics are usually larger and not that tight.
I have come across a few houses with 'poor conditions'... when in serous doubt, the customer can make it safe or find someone else. Life is too short to take a chance with a black widow or a brown recluse, or rats/snakes or haunta virus.
Having said this... I do have a house to go to later this week with a 24-28" crawl... and I will need to go half way across (including over and under ducts) to get to the equipment. Probably have to go in and out 3-4 times for all the work needed. I think I will take my helper with me and let him do the 'pest patrol' first...
Your comfort, Your way, Everyday!
Recently worked on a 15 ton Borg warner with a long abandoned rezner duct heater/ wasp high rise luxury sweet hooked on it. I was impressed how well a 6hp shopvac could fix that problem. Of course you need a few inches of water in the bottom of the vac. It worked good it was all I had. In crawls I just try to ignore the nature as much as I can. Maybe they will ignore me.
I can't stand those spindly spiders, did a dairy that was full of them, every time i lit the oxy the heat made it rain spiders on me...
Another site, found a wasp nest by a loft hatch, figure they'll leave me alone if i leave them alone as i make my way to the air handler, customer climbs ladder 'Hey theres a wasp nest!' starts hitting it ffs, yeah thats right wake them up for me.
I don't mind rats or mice, i do a lot of farm work so used to them!
(The wise men of modern thought) adore a god made of putty or of wax - plastic, effeminate, molluscous, with no masculine faculty about him, and no quality that entitles him to the respect of just and honest men, for a being who cannot be angry at wrongdoing is destitute of one of the essential virtues, and a moral Ruler who is not angry with the wicked, and who refuses to punish crime, is not divine. ---Spurgeon
a little tid-bit of useless information:
Scientist have concluded that NO ONE on the planet is ever more than 3 feet from a spider.
Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi
Weapons grade Stupid
I spray as i crawl in, I also (when i was in a pinch) made a spear with an old duct knife duct taped to one end of a 6 foot long 3/4 PVC for rats possums racoons and alligators(jk) but it works great when you have to cut open the supply duct to drain water out of it and cut open a possum.
This thread reminded me of this picture:
That's a cinderblock
I went on a call once the crawl was full of black widows, I worked down there for about an hour till I came around a corner and one had babies everywhere, that was it I climed out told the customer I just couldn't do it and didn't even charge him for what I did, I didn't finish the job so didn't feel right charging him for my time, no materials but a bucket of mastic and tape, I got about two miles down the road when I felt a bite about an inch down from my crotch, I stopped the van in the middle of the road and dropped my pants right there, sure enough big black widow, got me a little sick but that's all, I don't like spiders anymore
No way I am putting my self in danger over someone else's problem.
F that noise, the heat works at my house.