Keeping Bugs Out of the Mancave

Keeping Bugs Out of the Mancave

Anthony Nguyen
Jun 22, 2010

It's been a good month of June for me. That is, there hasn't been a single incident of bugs in my basement mancave. Because there's nothing more terrifying than the sensation of something crawling on your leg while listening to your favorite tunes in the dark. Here's what we use to keep those critters out...

If you walk around the outside of my house, you'll notice a few ants and cockroaches on the sidewalk. Well, there was one time last year where one of them made their way inside to crawl on my arm. It was about 3 A.M. and probably the most terrifying experience listening to The Doors I've ever had. Now, I've sprayed indoor-outdoor pesticide along the base of the concrete and window seals. I haven't seen one since.

Occasionally a crescendo of bass will knock a spider from the corners of my mancave. My standard reaction would be, "Man, look at the size of that thing!" and hit it with a shoe. I know, I know. They eat other bugs too - but they make babies and baby spiders crawling on me while I'm watching Shrek the Third isn't my idea of fun.

However, there's a much better solution for taking care of sprickets, spiders, and other flying and non-flying nuisances. I purchased one of these electric fly swatters not too long ago in Chinatown, and man are they the best thing ever. Just a zap - and if you're feeling so inclined, you can bring the stunned creature outside to let it live in peace.

Oh, and I put I cricket poison outside where I see them. Usually over by the garbage pails where they jump out at me when I'm taking a bag of trash out.

You can never be too careful, you know.

[Image: Scott's Ultimate Man Cave]

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