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My parents bought Mark and myself this little gadget soon after we moved into our house. I have a real fear of moths and flies, just about any creepy crawly type thing especially those that fly. It started as a child when I felt I was "attacked" by a fly when it flew at me. Daft I know but it left me frightened. Mark on the other hand has a deep fear of spiders, once again daft I know, but I have seen his face go deathly white at the sight of a large spider in the bath. When we got our own home I knew this was going to be a bit of a challenge for us. Of course with creepy crawly type things a lot of people just say swat it or stamp on it but neither of us can bear to kill anything so when my mum spotted this in the Lakeland catalogue she knew it would be ideal. Lakeland state that this will catch spiders and creepy crawlies, it will also suck up flies, wasps, bees and moths while they are flying. The Lakeland spider catcher is £9.99 and as far as I am concerned its worth every penny. It comes in a box with Spider and Insect Vac written on the front, along with no kill, no mess, no contact. the box also shows a picture of the vac sucking up an unsuspecting creep crawly. The spider catcher comes in 4 separate parts all made from plastic. Its very easy to assemble, the 2 clear plastic tubes fit together and attach to the blue handle. The other part is a little blue cap that fits into the end of the tube trapping whatever is in there. The spider catcher works by a 9v battery which comes already fitted. I have no idea how easy it is to change as we have never had to put a new one in. The spider catcher is 60cm's long so you don't have to get right up close and personal with anything you want to catch. We have been so pleased with this little gadget, to use it you simply press a little button on the handle to switch the vac on, put the end of the tube near whatever you need to remove and the vacuum will suck it up without harming it, you then quickly pop the stopper on the end of the tube trapping whatever is in there. You can then take your prisoner out side, take the stopper out and release it without it being harmed. We have used this spider catcher many times and every time we have successfully removed the little critter that has invaded our house. I have caught bees that have got in the house with it rather than shut myself in the bedroom for half an hour till Mark gets back, pathetic but true! Its so easy to use and doesn't harm anything. Its ideal when there's a spider on the ceiling, no more worrying about it falling off we just suck it up and pop it outside. I would definitely recommend the Lakeland spider catcher, whether you are scared of these things or not. Its a swift easy way to remove them from your home without harming anything.
I hate spiders, eww, creepy crawly little things that scuttle past your feet whilst you are sitting there all innocently, minding your own business. I am trying to get better for the sake of my little girl, I don't want her to become frightened of them but when I see one I wince and have to get rid of it. Now, generally if my husband is in the house I get him to do the dirty work but being a stay at home mum for the past couple of years now I have no one to call upon in the middle of the day to get rid of the pesky little creature so have had to do it myself. My mum had a spider catcher and swore by one so I decided to get one too. I purchased mine from Lakeland and I think it was about £10. On first look this seems a bit steep for what is basically a bit of plastic tubing but it is such a great little tool for getting rid of spiders and not killing them. It's such a simple concept and it can be disasembled but I tend to keep mine all fitted together and just store it in the back of the cupboard where it is easy to get to as soon as I spot an invader! Basically the plastic tube is quite long, about 60cm which is great because this means you don't have to get anywhere near the spider. I hate it when you get up close with a tissue or a cup to trap it in and then it scuttles away before you can get it and who knows if it has just crawled into your hair or something yucky like that. At the top of the tube is a battery powered button. You place the tube over the spider, press the button and then it is suctioned up the tube, voila. There is a little cap you then place on the end to stop the spider from coming out. I take mine far into the garden and then let it go so it's a very humane way of getting a spider out of your home without having to kill it or even worse, touch it!!
== Lakeland Spider Catcher == Sometimes, I really don't mind spiders. I'm quite happy to let them roam around whatever room they might be in as long as they don't come anywhere near me. I won't get freaked out if a spider is at the other end of the room but as soon as it gets without a foot or so, I get a bit scared. I always feel bad if I kill a spider because really, they aren't doing anything wrong and it is very rare to find a truly venomous spider here in the UK. Still, some of them are really gross looking and at the minute, every one I see is massive. I don't know what bugs have been eating this year but as well as the massive spiders, bees seem to have gotten a lot bigger lately. Anyway, one of my friends told me about Lakeland's spider catcher which she swears by so I thought I would give this a try. At £10.29, this is not a cheap product at all especially considering what it is. The spider catcher is a 60cm tube which at one end, is a open hole while the other end has the button used to turn it on. When the button is pressed, the tube has a suction to it which is how your pesky spiders are caught. As this doesn't harm the spider in any way, you are able to then take it outside, turn the button off and let it run away. The spider catcher does also catch other bugs such as flies and wasps etc however, you must place the cap over the end of the tube for this to work as otherwise, they would just fly away. The hole used to suck up those insects is not very large at all. As I said before, spiders have become quite large in places and the hole is just not big enough. Not long ago, I had to catch a spider with a regular drinking glass and due to the spider's size, I ended up cutting off its legs because it was too big even for the glass. If I cannot catch a spider this large with a glass, I have no chance with this spider catcher. There is no way in hell a large spider is going to be sucked up in this thing. Still, this spider catcher is really good for smaller bugs. Small spiders are sucked up very easily which makes it possible to let them loose outside. Even though this product doesn't catch all spiders, it is still extremely good at catching the smaller ones. Seeing as this product is just a plastic tube with a suction facility, I think it could be a much better price. £10 for something which doesn't do what it should do all of the time is a lot of money and I still have to resort to catching some spiders in other ways. I don't think I would ever pay this amount again if mine breaks but for now, it does the job at an ok standard.
It might seem strange that I own this product given that neither myself or my other half have a fear of spiders however his mother does, a real phobia that can leave her paralyzed and a gibbering mess to such an extent that before she comes to our house I tend to have a sweep around with this device removing any spiders that I come across. It is a bit of a pain but much prefereable to having to calm her down if she encounters one. Effectively the Lakeland Spider Catcher is like a battery operated vacuum in teh shape of a long tube. The power comes from a 9 volt battery and two years on we still have the original battery installed, mainly because it is only used in very short spurts and not that frequently as she is not a regular visitor as they do not live close by. It is basically a long clear plastic tube with an extension piece to access those spiders that are high up, the handle is blue in colour, there is also a blue cap on the end of the tube for when it is stored. It is a simple button press to activate the spider catcher and the spider is sucked into the tube. Then you can replace the blue cap and the spider is secure and caught. The thing about this is that you can then dispose of the spider humanly out in the garden, okay I have probably destroyed their home at the same time but they can always spin another web and this way at least they get to crawl away. I have also used it to catch wasps and bees and while this is more of a challenge as you have to catch them at rest with the length of the device at over half a metre you can at least keep your distance. For under a tenner (at least it was when I bought it) this is a nifty little device for removing spiders especially for those who have a fear of them. It breaks down so storage is not a problem. Certainly one worth buying in my opinion.
Like some other reviewers, I was influenced at an early age by screaming female relatives, whenever an eight legged delight legged it across the room. Finding the terror they cause me inconvenient I have experimented with different spider catchers. Unfortunately this one didn't work for me. *** What is it? *** It consists of a blue plastic unit where the batteries go and the power button is. Attached is a translucent tube (the blue bit in the middle of the picture attaches an extension tube so you can hoover the spiders/bugs up from further away). You assemble it, find a spider, place the end of the tube over the spider and press the on button. They are then sucked into the tube, enabling you to go outside and then turn the device off, and flick the creepy crawly out. ** What is good about it? *** For me, the idea you can clear away spiders without harming them is very good, and I like not having to use chemicals. *** What is not so good about it? *** In my experience, it was not capable of sucking up creatures bigger than a small moth or very small spider and could not keep them in the tube. As the tube is faily small it is difficult to get it over the spider when your hands are shaking. I was just so disappointed with this device. We get the big dark spiders which frighten the life out of my and I had more chance of getting them in this tube if I decorated it as "home sweet home" for spiders than by hitting the on button! I would have returned it to Lakeland but during a failed attempt to use it, I dropped it and as I was holding it up to the ceiling it bounced and broke! I still wish I had collected the bits and returned those as I really resent the £10 it cost me! *** This review may also appear on the Lakeland site as I might tell them how useless it was for me! ***
I don't like spiders, I've never liked spiders and I can't imagine I'm ever going to like spiders so the thought of picking one up is not something I enjoy! I was initially given the spider catcher as a joke present, in fact I'd already received the yellow handled bristled one as a present but I think that serves more to crush the things than actually catch them. This product however works by sucking the spider up the tube and then you can empty it outside without actually having to touch the thing. I must say I'm still quite squeamish when it comes to catching the bigger ones but I'm quite comfortable now with sucking it up the tube and dropping it outside! I have found that if the batteries aren't the freshest then the spider can quite easily stick to the surface its on so a bit of wiggling is required! That said this catcher allows you to get rid of a spider, without touching it and still keeping it alive, oh and it also catches things such as flies and moths and seemingly causes no harm!!
My daughter loves this "It is VERY useful to me!" she has just told me! This spider catcher from Lakeland IS a very useful item. It consists of two plastic tubes and a blue handle. Importantly, the tubes are quite long meaning that you don't need to get close to the beasty in order to catch it. There is also a blue bung to trap the creature so that you can get someone else to release it back into the wild (namely mum in my house!). It works on battery power and all you need to do is position the tube over the spider and press the button and it is sucked into the tube. You can then put the bung on and open the window or door and tip the spider outside. I have found that it is sometimes a little difficult to persuade the creature to leave the tube, but a little tap usually does the trick and the tubes don't come apart if you need to tap slightly harder. It is currently on sale in Lakeland for £9.99 (Feb 2010) and is also useful for catching wasps and other flying insects.
Well before I tell you all about this product I will tell you why I bought it. The main reason is that I hate spiders, I can't go to sleep in my bedroom if I know that a spider is on the wall. I have this worry that it's going to climb on me in the middle of the night!! I have always hated spiders and when I was younger I had to get my mum and dad to remove them and now I am older it's my husband who gets the task. However what would I do if I found a spider and there was no-one in the house? In the past I have on occasion managed to put a jar over them and wait until my husband returned but now having a dog he would knock over the jar and free the spider. So I decided I needed something to help with the task and had a look at the various spider catchers out there. The best I found was in Lakeland and is called the Spider and Bug Buster. It is a battery operated special vacuum that will lift up the spider or bug into the tube. It looks a bit like a Star Wars light sabre. It has a plastic blue handle and then a clear tube. The tube has an extension piece so you can make it 59cm long. This means that you don't have to come too close to the bug in question. It is on sale in Lakeland, I am not sure if you can buy it in other places. It costs £9.78 which does sound expensive but if you read on you will see that it is really good. It comes complete with the battery so its ready to use. It's really easy to use. First locate your spider, easy enough to do the hardest bit is trying not to scream. Then run and get your bug buster. Attach the tube to the handle, I always have mine disconnected as then it fits in a drawer and remove the blue cap at the end. As you move the bug buster towards the bug press the button to activate the vacuum, keep this pressed as you tip the bug buster upwards and put the cap on the end. The spider is now safely inside the tube and cant get you. You can now safely dispose of the beastie in whichever way you see fit. For me it's usually out of the window so it can live to see another day, I don't like dealing with dead spiders either so this is the best option for me! I think this is a great product and one which has been used many times in our house. We use it not just for catching spiders but also for catching flies and wasps especially during summer months when you have your windows open. We have always managed to vacuum up the insects and managed to safely get rid of them. It's much better than using fly or wasp sprays which I don't like to use as I have a dog and don't know how toxic they are. The bug buster runs on a 9volt battery and we have had ours a few years and haven't changed the battery yet. I would recommend this product to you if you are scared of spiders but also even if you aren't it's fantastic for dealing with those pesky wasps and flies as the long handle makes it easier to catch them and better than swatting them and having to clean up afterwards. The only downside about it is that it comes in a cardboard box that has a couple of horrible pictures of the bug buster catching spiders. The majority of people who are buying this don't like spiders so the last thing they want to see is a big scary spider I have had to cover the spider on the box whilst I write this review!!
I got mine from a website called buyabugbuster and it arrived next day. Its fantastic. I thought it would be just a gadget but it really does work exactly as it claims! Just point it towards the spider and hold the end about a couple of centimtres away, presss the button and... BAM! the spider is sucked up into the tube. Every spider I have caught (dozens now) have been OK, not killed - the bug buster is certainly humane. Once the spider is in the tube, I just hold it straight up, open the window and the tip the spider outside. I can't think of a bad word to say. For less than a tenner and it even comes with a decent battery (Energizer) not one of those nasty cheap ones that leaks after about 2 minutes! So far, 6 of my friends have bought one after seeing (and having a go with) mine. I expect more will. Its a fantastic spider catcher.
I have a massive spider phobia, all thanks to my mum's spider phobia. When you're a kid and your mum is screaming, running around the house because of a tiny spider, it soon catches on. There have been plenty of different things I've tried to keep away from them. I started off by living with a man. Men aren't afraid of spiders right? They can get rid of them. Unfortunately my boyfriend, who I live with, is very short, therefore finds it difficult to reach and kill them. His response time isn't very good either, and he's away at work a lot. I tried moving onto a 1st floor flat as I figured if it's off the ground, not many spiders would climb up, as they'd head for the ground floor flat. Unfortunately, this didn't work either. I've been longing for one of those gadgets that plugs into a socket which emits a noise that clears away insects and spiders. However, couldn't afford the price. My nan brought one though, and she used it for threem months, and apparently it didn't work. I think she found that not as many spiders were entering her home, but this could have been a fluke as there still definitely were spiders there still. My boyfriend's mum gave us this as a gift. It's a spider catcher. Just the sound of the word makes me shiver. Basically, it's like a miniature hoover, just smaller and not as noisy. You place the see-through nozzle over the spider (it's quite long so can reach up to ceiling height), press the button which starts the battery operated hoover device, which sucks the spider up, without harming it. The basic description of it makes it sound like a dream for spider lovers. The reality is truly very different though. My phobia of spiders is pretty bad, therefore I don't like being near one. To use this device successfully, you have to be standing at least within a metre of the spider, and unfortunately this is too much for me. Of course, if my partner is around he can use it with ease, and most of the time it does work. But it's not something I can use myelf, as the thought of getting close to a spider, sucking it into a nozzle, absolutely terrifies me! I think, what if the spider is too strong to be sucked up by the hoover, or what if it falls out once I switch the hoover off so I can get rid of the spider out the window, back onto my floor where it is still near me? Urgh. As long as the batteries are full, this device does pretty much 100% suck up spiders. I think there's only been one occasion where the spider was too big to be sucked up, so my boyfriend ended up knocking it into the nozzle and then emptying it out the window. Unfortunately, and I know I'll probably have the RSPCA round my house any second, but I'd prefer to know the spider is dead, so that there's one less of the buggers in the world, rather than freeing it only for it to come back. The device takes four AA batteries, so a fair amount, but I suppose is worth it is you'll use this device a lot. And decent batteries do last a long time in it. Aside from all this, and if your phobia isn't bad, then it's a handy little device for getting rid of spiders, or any insect in fact. It's easy to use, even without a manual. It's small enough to be tucked away in a cupboard too. The colours are simple, the the nozzle is actually see-through (this freaks me out, but I suppose is a good thing so you can see you've definitely caught the spider). I think the one we have cost about £8, but there's plenty of different kinds so it's definitely best to shop around, as I've found a few websites that sell them for £5, but they might be of poorer quality.
I am lucky enough not to be afraid of our eight legged friends, my husband however is terrified. He is a big tough cookie but put a tiny spider anywhere near him and he turns into a screaming banshee. Obviously I couldn't let this go on for his sake and mine, and after my "just touch one and you will be cured" scheme ended in tears - literally, I had to resort to other methods. I came across this Lakeland spider catcher whilst I was shopping one day and thought it would be perfect. It cost £8.80, which I felt was a very fair price as it comes with the battery included. The catcher consists of two clear tubes that fit together to make a longer trap and a blue handle that fits on the top. The vacuum is hidden inside the handle as is the battery. Once all three parts are connected you simply place the tube over the spider or insect you wish to remove from your home and press the button. A gentle vacuum pressure sucks the insect up into the tube, you can then place the stopper in the bottom and take the creature into the garden where it belongs. This trap in no way harms the insects or spiders, it is very gentle and safe to use. The long tube helps you be brave and 'trap' the spiders without touching them or even getting too close. I have also used this to remove bees, flies and wasps from my house, in fact I am sure you could use it for any creepy crawlies or flying insects that finds themselves in your house. This has really helped my husband, he no longer has to call me everytime he see a spider and he feels confident to catch them himself. A very good quality item and I feel exceptional value.
To say that I'm scared of spiders would be a drastic understatement. To say that I'm petrified of spiders would be closer to truth. Every night before I go to bed, I remove all the sheets, pillows, duvet etc, to make sure that there are no spiders hiding between them, waiting for me to sleep before they strike. I even turn over my mattress to check that there are no spiders down the side or even underneath it, the entire time having a rolled up magazine in one hand and a can of RAID at the standby - in case it decides to make a run for it. While I really hate these eight-legged-creepy-crawly-fear-inducing-Arachnids, I don't like killing them. So I finally decided to invest in this Lakeland Spider Catcher, a gadget that offers a humane way of removing spiders from your home without having to resort to drastic measures. It took a considerable amount of bravely and time on my part, before I actually used this device, but once I started to use it, I was pleased with the results, as this spider catcher has worked perfectly every time I've needed it to. The gadget is simple in design, it comprises of a hollow plastic tube (with a cap inside), and a handle at one end that provides you with the ability to trigger a vacuum in order to suck up the target (not with a great amount of force, but still enough to be successful). The trapped spider or other creature can then be released outdoors. The Spider Catcher is easy to use, and effective as it doesn't require any assembly before use. It can also be used on other insects such as moths, and bees, and works just as well. The build quality is pretty impressive considering the low cost, and it doesn't require batteries to run, which was an added bonus. The only thing I can fault is that the vacuum tube is a bit short for my liking (around 50cm). Personally I would prefer it double the size it is, to ensure I can keep my distance from the spider. Also every now and again when attempting to release the spider outdoors, it doesn't want to comply and somehow manages to hang on in the plastic tube. It can take a few sharp shakes to dislodge the spider - something I hate doing (in case I shake the spider on to myself in the attempt.) It would have been good if the plastic tube had been lined with a material that spiders can not hold on to. There are a number of different versions of spider catchers on the market, some vary in design and work slightly differently. But considering the low cost and effectiveness of this one, I would recommend it before other more expensive models. It's definitely a useful gadget, one I wish I had purchased a long time ago. (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
I have been terrified of spiders for as long as i can remember thanks to my brother who tormented me as a child! After many years of the entire street being made aware of a spiders presence in our house by my paniced screams, my grandparents decided to buy me one of these as a joke 18th birthday present. What is it? Well its exactly what is says it is. Its a device which catches spiders (and many other small critters in fact) and allows you to dispose of them at a distance and without the need for squashing! It is a long plastic tube with a cap at one end and a vacuum and handle at the other. How does it work? When the offending creature is spotted you simply remove the cap, place the spider catcher above it, and press the buttone to suck the bug up into the tube. Then simply replace the cap to stop them escaping and dispose of outside. Does it actually work? YES!!! On many occasions i have reached for this device in a moment of dire need and it has never let me down. Only once have i encountered a spider too heavy and big to be sucked up, and even then it decided to crawl in on its own accord! How much is it? At lakeland.co.uk it retails at around £8.99. The Verdict: I would reccomend this to anyone who has a phobia of bugs/spiders/insects or those who dislike squashing and killing bugs which find their way into homes. It is effective and quick and runs off batteries so will be able to be used for many years to come!
Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly, 'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy; The way into my parlour is up a winding stair, And I've a many curious things to shew when you are there." Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain, For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again." The Spider and the Fly Mary Howitt Now, I'm not scared of spiders, but my boyfriend is, especially since my home has recently become home to a colony of wolf spiders, due to some maternal female spider coming in with her young. You can guarantee that when we sit down at night for a meal, a spider will come scuttling across the living room rug, missing his feet by inches, and leading to exclamations of 'Ruddy Hell' - or words roughly to that effect but not printable in a review, from my poor fella as he almost knocks his teeth out bringing his legs onto the chair. While he would tend to go for the splat and dispose approach - I can't stand the idea of killing them- I actually LOVE spiders - I find them fascinating, and it seems a bit mean to sentence them to death for having a little nighttime stroll. Especially considering the unique lifestyle led by the wolf spider. Wolf Spiders ~*~*~*~*~*~* Wolf spiders are a little different to most other spiders. Firstly, rather than spinning a web, they actually hunt their prey, usually at night when their eyesight is at its best (hence the regular dinnertime appearances.) They also seek warmth during winter, which is why they come inside. They're quite big, between 1/2 and inch to 2 inches in length, which for an arachnophobe such as my boyfriend, is pretty scary - although the wolf spider is actually quite shy, and unlikely to bite unless continually provoked. The most unique thing about the wolf spider however, is the very human way they care for their young. While most spiders simply leave an egg sack somewhere to hatch later, a female wolf spider carries her egg sac with her until the young spiders hatch, and then carries her young on her abdomen. The Wolf Spider is the only spider to care for her young in this manner, and for the non-squeamish amongst you, I will include some photographs with this review. A Few Spidery Facts ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Certain female species of spiders such as the Australian crab spider, sacrifice their bodies as a food source for their offspring. Some male spiders pluck their cobwebs like a guitar, to attract female spiders. The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night. In the Dark Ages spiders were often believed to be a source of contamination of food and water. They were also believed to be the cause of the Bubonic Plague! The Spider Catcher ~*~*~*~*~*~*~* There are various different versions of the spider catcher, made by different companies, but they all aim to do one thing - enable you to remove a spider without killing it, while keeping it at arms length. The two most common versions are a long handle with a grabber button and nylon bristles that grip the spider without applying enough pressure to maim or kill it. The other version, and the version I am replying, relies on pushing a button to activate a gentle suction vacuum, that will suck the spider up into the tube (again, only gently, not killing it, but enabling you to carry it outside) and then turning the button off to release the spider. Its a very simple device , a 59 centimetre tube, looking a little like a transparent light saber, with a handle that is comfortable to grip, and a push button to start and stop the vacuum suction. You use it by simply placing the open end of the tube near the spider, and pressing the button. The spider then gets sucked up a little way, where it bumps into a stopper half way up the tube (this stops it getting sucked into the internal workings!). It's light to carry, and simple to use with one hand, so you have another hand free to open the door, or a window, and just release the button and the spider is released. Sometimes, with larger spiders, it takes a bit of shaking to free them, but I've used this many times to remove spiders from my home, and so far, none have been harmed. The bonus with this is that it's also useful for other insects - which is good news for me, because although spiders don't bother me, wasps and moths send me into a blind panic, but I have been able to use this to remove them from the house on more than one occasion. However, it's not brilliant for those tiny grey moths - you know the ones that just crumble into dust when you touch them. The great thing is, you don't have to wait for a wasp to sit still - you can catch them in mid flight! Its seems pretty tough and hardwearing - It's been dropped a few times, and used by my four year old to attempt to hoover the stairs, and isn't showing any damage other than a few scratches to the clear tube - which is purely cosmetic and doesn't affect how well it works. Its also very quiet - I actually thought it would be a lot louder than it is, but it's amost silent. I paid £8.99 for mine from Lakeland, including the 9V battery required to operate it , and I have to say its been worth every penny - I've removed plenty of spiders, moths, and wasps from my home without the guilt of killing them and the bother of having to clean up the death smear. My boyfriend loves it as he can sucker the spider without having to go too close to it, and can keep it at arms length while he puts it outside. Is my house spider free? Nope. I'm fairly sure the spiders are creeping back in, probably because I always leave the windows open, and to be honest, since I love spiders, that's the way I like it. But at least my boyfriend knows that if one gets a little to close to him, he can get rid of it easily, and relax for a while!
Firstly, I must point out that this is NOT a review of the LAKELAND Spider Catcher - but Dooyoo, in their wisdom, have given me this category rather than a new one as requested! If you want to live and thrive let a spider run alive. This was what I was told as a child and was probably one of the reasons that I grew up not killing spiders. In fact, I dont kill anything if I have the choice with the possible exception of fleas and aphids! That isnt to say that I actually LIKE them of course, and I choose NOT to handle them above a certain size because for one thing they bite and for another my niece is actually allergic to them so Im not taking any chances! As a child I was probably terrified of them and had some pretty daunting experiences too. On one occasion for instance, my sister informed me that there was an ENORMOUS spider on my bed then disappeared quickly out of the door switching the light out on the way and shutting the door tightly behind her! On another occasion, whilst helping my father in the garden, I felt something tickling my ankle. I looked down just in time to see the biggest spider I have EVER seen disappearing up the inside of my trousers. Boy! Did I scream! Anyway, to get back to the point: This year we have had an absolute INFLUX of very large spiders. I say very large as the majority are smaller than they used to be years ago that is until I found one in the bath last night which was bigger than the others. For some time we have resorted to catching the little monsters in a large vase but this was not the most successful as quite often they reached the top before we reached the door resulting in the vase being dropped or some other such happening! The first breakthrough came when the Betterware lady dropped her catalogue through the door. In it a spider catcher; this was a small plastic box-thing with a sliding shutter - on a stick. It seemed like a good idea at the time so I forked out my money (I think it was £4.95) and took delivery. It was slightly better than useless in my opinion. The first time I used it I lost the spider. More often than not when you actually caught the poor thing you managed to trap its legs in the sliding door but it was virtually impossible to catch anything that wedged itself into a corner no matter how big it may have been running across the floor! Shortly after this, while flicking through the channels on TV, I heard someone on QVC mention that there was to be a spider catcher on the programme to follow. I was curious to see if it was the same as the one I had recently bought so watched the programme to find out. I have to say that I was really pleased that I did. The programme featured the inventor of the gadget who also demonstrated it. I have to admit that I have found out much more about him and it since by visiting his own website: www.spidercatcher.co.uk which is very informative. The inventor: Tony Allen wanted to produce something with which he could catch spiders and remove them yet not causing them any harm. Apparently he was used to having to remove them from his sons bedroom. The invention: A white stick approximately 65cm long with a lime green trigger handle at one end and some squeezed-together bristles at the other (the bristles complete with protective case). There is also included a plastic spider with which to practise! When you squeeze the trigger handle the bristles open, let go and they close (hopefully around whatever it is youre trying to catch) then all you have to do is squeeze again to release the intruder in the garden, out the window or wherever your chosen place may be. Does it work: Oh YES! More successfully than anything I have ever come across. This would account for why it won a Gold Medal with distinction at the Geneva Inventors Show no doubt! I have to say that we have caught more spiders in the last couple of weeks than I ever expected to see let alone catch! Most have been released into the garden no worse for wear. I have to say most owing to the fact that I also have several furry spider catchers (cats) one of whom likes to spit them at your feet and they do seem to be somewhat dented after this treatment. We have caught them on the move, on the carpet, on the stairs, on the walls, in the bath I TOLD you we had an invasion! We have also caught a Daddy-Long-Legs in mid flight and, by way of experiment, this morning I managed to pick up a small spider slightly bigger than an ant. Would I recommend: Definitely! I would say its the best invention I have come across in years. The spider (or whatever) is held securely until you release it but not harmed if you have used the tool correctly. You dont have to get too close if you are scared stiff of the creatures and its easy enough for a child (or a great-granny) to use. The cost: £9.99 from the website (www.spidercatcher.co.uk) postage and packing free to any U.K. address. This may seem rather expensive compared to the other item I mentioned but is well worth the extra. The website is worth a visit to read some of the endorsements by other customers. . I really hope that this has been helpful to you and I thank you for reading it