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Independence at last!
Member Name: Thricemummy
Advantages: Does what it says it does!
Disadvantages: Doesn't work on small spiders
My history: ( please scroll down if you would just like to read just the review...I fear I may have waffled)
My other half is not afraid of spiders. As the 7th child of a poorish family spiders had been one of his favourite past times, and nothing would delight him more than to see a spider crawling up his wall. He would pick it up, and force it to crawl from one of his hands to the other in an endless frenzy to escape but ending up pretty much where it started somewhat like a hamster wheel or a treadmill. Being absolutely terrified of spiders myself I thought this was great. My husband, My hero, my prince in shining armour, who laughed in the face of spiders, and who would no doubt protect me fom the threat of these eight legged creatures especially those that dared to invade my home. Oh, how naive I was!
Needless to say that delusion was soon nipped in the bud. It's only a spider! I used to play with spiders! I am well aware of that thank you very much but would you mind please escorting this spider outside. Nope, he wouldn't do it. He simply could not or would not understand that spiders in my eyes were akin to snakes and scorpions if not more poisonous, more harmful. But did he even try to understand? No! I had to learn to fend for myself.
Most of the time I didn't. I just avoided using the room or area a spider was exploring at the time. the amount of take outs we had obviously increased at this time, but the arrangement was one I learned to live with. And I did. I survived. The spiders and I learned to co-exist, we tiptoed around each other, turned a blind eye to each others faults and temperaments and waited til the other had left the room before venturing therein ourselves. It was a frustrating yet tolerable existence.
But the story doesn't end here my friends, oh no. For thereafter, came the kids! My kids that is, not the offspring of the spiders thankfully. It's all very well to ignore and avoid spiders yourself but have you ever tried to convince a child to do so? Not going to happen is it? Spiders Entering my home during ths period of my life, were regularly granted long hot showers that resulted in them disappearing down the plug hole, or were not so cordially invited to attend spider tea parties in my vacuum cleaner where they would then take up permanent residence until oh emptied said vacuum cleaner.
But the guilt, oh the guilt of drowning and murdering these innocent but vile creatures ate me up inside. The nightmares I had of parent spiders coming to seek revenge was more than i could bear to live with. There had to be a more humane way of ridding my home of these spiders. Of politely yet firmly letting them know that they were not welcome here and although trespassers would not be shot, they're presence would not be tolerated. And so the hunt for the perfect weapon began.
So there I sat, armed with that useful wealth of information we all know as google, frantically hunting for that perfect object, that hidden elixir that I just knew was out there waiting or me to find it. I came across many different items during my search. This tiny little box thing for example, slide it open, place over spider, slide it shut, carry spider to its new destination. Sounded simple enough except for one major flaw. There was no way I was going that close to a spider. Nuh uh! Then I came across this plug in that deterred spiders from entering your home. Wow! Absolutely brilliant! Forget trying to take them out...stop the root of the problem itself. Prevention being better than cure and all that. It sounded perfect. It Sounded too good to be true! And unfortunatelyo it was. Too good to be true. A quick ask around and I found out tht my sister in law had one and it did NOT do the job! She had literally found a spider a few centimetres away from the thing! Definitely didn't do what it said on the tin. And so the search continued.
Continued that is until I found this beauty. And a beauty it is. After asking around I came to realise that no one I knew had anything like this and therefore no one could give me their opinion on its effectiveness or lack thereof. I would have to purchase one myself, and so I did. Thanking you Amazon most kindly. It arrived the same day as my 10 year old nephew from Canada. (an unattended minor...he had a fantastic flight!) My nephew had a great time testing this out on the plastic spider that it came with and when I asked him to throw that horrible plastic creature into the bin, he promptly put it into his pocket for later use. ( on his friends thank God and not me)
After a few uneventful days a spider was spotted in the kitchen. It was huge! One of those ghastly ones that cannot really be seen from far as they have thin but long, oh my, long legs and a teeny body. My nephew, super excited at the prospect of using this new gadget came rushing into my room to inform me of our latest house guest and kindly offered to attend to it. And attend to it he did. One confident swish later the creature was rendered immobile and was escorted out. It was brilliant. My nephew stayed approximately a month and in that time disposed of 7 spiders without a glitch. Fantastic. But then he had to leave. Meaning now I would be in charge of the spider removal services in our home.
So, the gadget itself. My first reaction was that it looked a little like an olden days litter picker, rather like the one my young daughter had made at school that enabled them to pick up rubbish from the floor without bending down. The principle of the thing was the same: pull lever which opens up the bristles at the other end. Position bristles over the spider and let go of lever...thus trapping the spider within without harming them yet making it impossible for them to move. All of this at arms length. Then take the gadget, spider and all to wherever you wish. Pull lever again and watch the spider crawl out unharmed. Simple yet effective.
How effective is the item? Is it easy to use?
The item is pretty good with large spiders. However you have to approach the spider quite confidently...as if that's possible...what I mean is that if you hesitate before closing the bristles, the spider will run. The longer you take positioning the bristles just right the greater the likelihood of the spider escaping. Just quickly open and shut close to the spider and most likely it will catch the creature. Well, that's my experience anyway.
The gadget is not very good at catching the smaller of this species. But for me that isn't really an issue, as I can usually coax these on to paper or card ( preferably A3 or larger) and throw them out of the nearest window/door (please tell me they don't die). It's the larger faster brothers I have a problem with and this spider catcher does the job just fine.
Many people seem to have an issue with the bristles getting bent rendering the item useless. I can honestly say that I have not had this issue. I have had my spider catcher for approximately a year now and it's just as effective s it always was. I think the problem may perhaps be that the user presses the bristles hard against the wall. I literally swipe the area near the wall and voila... A captured spider.
Also, I have caught spiders from nearly every angle imaginable. Wall, floor, ceiling, corners, even one rather large one dangling from the ceiling. I have also used it to catch unwanted flies and wasps that have sneaked their way into my home.
Hints and tips:
The catcher comes with a pretty big fake plastic spider. So if even the sight of a fake spider freaks you out..be warned!
Always have the door or window open beforehand. Makes the job much easier.
You may want to invest in more than one...upstairs, downstairs, work or even for friends and family that may witness this item at work and want one too. Trust me they will be forever grateful. (just ask my mum)
Be quick and confident.
I love this item. I no longer have to tolerate spiders in my home. Every time I capture and release a spider I feel great. As achievements go, removing a spider from your children's bedroom may not seem like much, but every time I do I feel I can conquer the world. And I can honestly say that my fear of spiders is also decreasing as I now have confidence in my ability to deal with them. Truthfully, I feel liberated and independent...no longer the damsel in distress every time I see a spider.
Summary: I love it!