Hi Lifehacker, My wife needs me to check underneath the house. Is there some way I can do this without getting bitten/covered by the spiders and whatever else lives under there? Thanks, Nervous Husband
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If it's an enclosed crawlspace, you could always nuke the area with a pesticide control bomb a few days before venturing inside. These products are designed to eliminate all manner of creepy crawlies and should turn every nook and cranny into an inhabitable tomb.
As with any poisons, it's imperative to take all the necessary safety precautions prior to getting started. You're going to need something that's safe to use in an enclosed, outdoor space and that won't cause damage to the surrounding environment. If you have any AC outlets under your house you should probably switch these off to minimise spark risks. Also be sure to wear a protective face mask to ward against any lingering fumes.
If you'd prefer not to commit mass arachnicide, try wearing full-length clothes, gardening gloves and solid shoes. Above all else, apply a lot of caution: if maneuverability is limited, probe in front of yourself with a broom or stick before moving. Bear in mind that most spiders want even less to do with you than you with them -- as long as you don't blunder directly into them an attack is unlikely.
If any readers have pesticide tips of their own that are suitable for under the house, let NH know in the comments section below.
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