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We have a crawlspace about 2 feet tall under the house. (Scary!) Looks like it has a black plastic barrier on the ground (which I believe is just dirt).

How should one dress to crawl under there, and what precautions are necessary. I'm talking about coastal North Carolina in the spring.

Is a pair of jeans and a shirt good enough or is an environmental suit of some sort necessary? I don't see bugs or anything else, but there certainly could be spiders or other things that sting, and I know the area has fire ants, although they may not be under there. But, I'd hate to disturb them. What is standard practice?

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It really comes down to how 'icky' you think spiders, mice and rats are. ;) –  DA01 Apr 10 '13 at 22:09

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Unfortunately I have to work in crawl spaces a lot. I don a cheap Tyvek jump suit/coveralls with a hood over my regular clothes. You can find them in the paint dept of Lowe's or HD for about $20. I also wear boots, mechanics gloves and some safety glasses. There are always some bugs, spiders, and I've met a woodchuck or two. Take a good flashlight and check ahead of you carefully to avoid any unpleasant encounters. At least we don't have poisonous snakes in Maine!!!!!! OMG!!!!! Good Luck.

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Thanks, that's kind of what I was thinking. I'll check in Lowes and HD next time I'm there. –  Patrick Moloney Apr 11 '13 at 0:37

Knee pads. Without them you'll be in great pain.

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I think this specific situation is more like a crawl-on-your-stomach space. Not really high enough to get up on your knees. –  Patrick Moloney Apr 11 '13 at 18:01

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