Heating & Air Conditioning | Cincinnati

What is in the vents?

I have seen some strange things while working in the Heating, Ventilation & A/C industry… Rarely have I ever seen anything that scared myself and others though.

Sure, climbing on a roof or into an attic can be a little frightening but there is never anything shocking involved, however but there was this one time, when I was doing a routine vent cleaning, that I got quite a freight… Let myself and others start by saying I work in the Northeast region & so the two of us don’t have a lot of bugs.

That’s why I was shocked when I opened up a vent & a big tarantula fell out. I mean this thing was big. It was definitely as big as my hand. After my initial shock, I grabbed the basket I use for water leaks & sited it over the big spider. I assumed it must be a pet of the homeowner. The client, whose vents I was cleaning, was an older guy who did not strike myself and others as the kind who keeps pet tarantulas as pets but who am I to judge. So I finished the vent cleaning & then asked his if he knew the spider. She did not & was rather annoyed to guess that it had been crawling around in his vents. I didn’t bother telling his I suspect it had been there for years based on all of the dead bugs, & years of exoskeletons I found while cleaning the vents & 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 & made its apartment in his oil furnace vents. Anyway, a long story short, now I have a big pet spider & a strange story to go with it.


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