Bring In Your Boots: Your boots and shoes protect your feet during the daytime, and at night, they make an inviting protective shelter for little creatures. Bring your boots into your tent at night, or at least place them in a bag or your backpack so that spiders can’t get inside them. If this isn’t an option, knock your boots against a tree or rock to shake out any spiders before you put them on in the morning.
Gather Up Your Gloves: Day or night, keep your gloves in your pocket or pack. If you leave them lying around, it’s easy for spiders to mistake them as a new home.
Watch Your Coat Rack: Hanging your clothing on a tree might seem like a good idea, keeping your garments off the ground. But trees are often full of spiders who might enjoy your shirt sleeve as much as you do. Use a clothes line for drying wet garments, and put them away once they are dry.
Be Careful What You Grab: Rock piles and other natural shelters are great places for spiders to live. Watch where you put your hands and what you grab as you dig through wood piles and rocks, to avoid scooping up a spider too.
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