I have seen some strange things while working in the HVAC industry. Rarely have I ever seen anything that scared me though. Sure, climbing on a roof or into an attic can be a little frightening but there is never anything shocking involved. But there was this one time, when I was doing a routine vent cleaning, that I got quite a freight. Let me start by saying I work in the Northeast region and so we don’t have a lot of bugs. That’s why I was shocked when I opened up a vent and a giant tarantula fell out. I mean this thing was huge. It was easily as large as my hand. After my initial shock, I grabbed the bucket I use for water leaks and placed it over the large spider. I assumed it must be a pet of the homeowner. The client, whose vents I was cleaning, was an older woman who did not strike me as the kind who keeps pet tarantulas as pets but who am I to judge. So I finished the vent cleaning and then asked her if she knew the spider. She did not and was rather upset to think that it had been crawling around in her vents. I didn’t bother telling her I suspect it had been there for years based on all of the dead bugs, and years of exoskeletons I found while cleaning the vents and also because there is no way the spider could have gotten in or out of the covered vents covers at the size I found it. The spider must have escaped from somebody and made its home in her heater vents. Anyway, a long story short, now I have a large pet spider and a strange story to go with it.