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A Spider Catcher Is The Guilt Free Alternative To Frantic Squashing

Updated on October 2, 2013

If you would like to remove spiders from your home humanely and efficiently this product is by far the best tool for the job.

I like spiders and I like insects. I like them a lot more than most people and when they come into my home I don't kill them. In fact, if I can't get at the critter to remove it I'll usually just let it be until it moves into a more favorable position, however my husband is a squasher and if he knows there is a spider running around he can't relax until he "disposes" of it, so it's up to me to hunt them down and catch them before he does.

The trouble with trying to capture a spider under a glass or a bowl is that you always risk accidently catching one of its legs and damaging it, or worse, squashing the whole thing when it attempts to dart away. The spider grabber is a much more gentle and precise alternative which has been specifically designed to get the job done, facilitating easy capture and release. Another great thing about the grabber is that you can use it on walls and ceilings as well as floors and if the spider is on the floor, on top of a crumpled piece of laundry for example, it will pluck it right up which is a lot more convenient than trying to get the thing onto a flat surface for the glass-paper slide method. It works for large spiders as well as small ones and I use mine often, it has never let me down.

It has plastic bristles on one end that splay out when you squeeze the handle and then retract when you release into a cone shape, cradling the spider. The trigger that operates the bristles is comfortable in your hand and simple to use. No batteries are required and the whole thing is made of durable plastic. It even has a hook to hang it up out of the way and comes with a plastic practice spider.

I received my spider grabber about 5 years ago as a Christmas gift from my inlaws. They bought it from which is a UK website that sells all sorts of nifty gadgets. You may think that a spider catcher is an odd gift to give someone but, I actually really wanted it. I wanted it specifically because there is a phenomenon in the UK when for about one week at the beginning of spring and one week at the beginning of autumn, houses get a massive influx of monstrously huge spiders. They're not Australian huge, but you can get an idea as to the size of them by watching the product's instructional video below.

You can also see that the catcher works for capturing other critters besides spiders, however I would strongly discourage anyone from trying to pick up a butterfly or moth with it as their delicate wings are likely to be severely damaged.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I use a cup and a piece of paper usually, but I know some people so scared of spiders that they'd certainly prefer this. I put them outside if they're in a bad location in the house, otherwise leave them alone - unless they're black widows, the only ones I kill because of their venom.

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      Who knew? My daughter would love this.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      My kids & I are softies and never want to kill a bug. We've made so many trips out the door with a bug in a cup or Kleenex. This would help a lot!

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Now this is a clever contraption!