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A Clever Invention To Safely Get Rid Of Spiders (And Other Bugs)

Spider lovers and haters alike will love this tool!

If you’re like me, the thought of trying to catch a spider in your home gives you the creepy crawlies. Eek!

I know bugs are good for the environment, so while I don’t want to smush them with a shoe, I’m terrified that they may escape the tissue I’m using as a protective barrier and crawl up my arm.

Thankfully, there’s an invention that may stop my screams (literally). My Critter Catcher is a tool that safely removes spiders and other critters from your home—without having to come close to them.

How It Works

Simply pull the trigger on this contraption and the soft bristles gently entrap the critter on the end of a couple-foot-long pole.

Walk the unwanted houseguest outside and release.

It’s that simple. Not only can this be used for spiders, but pesky stink bugs, centipedes, beetles, cockroaches, and even wasps or bees too.

RELATED: 10 Ways To Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Home

You can order this critter-catching product on Amazon for around $20.

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How To Keep Spiders Out Of Your House

If you’re like me and care to keep the creepy crawlies outside, use these tips to help keep spiders out of your home.

1. Clear The Cobwebs

About once a month, I grab a broom with a really long handle and clear away any cobwebs in and around my home, especially near doorways. Making a spider’s stay unpleasant can encourage it to move elsewhere—like outside to the garden where it’s welcome!

Photo by curtis_ovid_poe
Photo by curtis_ovid_poe
Photo by curtis_ovid_poe

2. Keep Things Clean

Bugs love clutter because they can hide in it. Avoid having piles of boxes, clothes or mail piled up, and that will remove some of the places for spiders to nest and hide. Besides, keeping things clutter-free makes your home look and feel better. So consider that a bonus in addition to keeping the eight-legged critters away.

Photo by go_greener_oz
Photo by go_greener_oz
Photo by go_greener_oz

3. Apply Essential Oils

According to Tips Bulletin, these oils can naturally help repel spiders:

  • Cinnamon
  • Citronella
  • Citrus
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Tea Tree

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Flickr | shalommama

4. Seal Any Cracks

Know that the small cracks around doors, window sills and the foundation can not only let in unwanted visitors, but drafts too.

Each spring and fall, make a note to put your caulking gun to work and fill any holes or gaps that need sealing. Not only will you help keep out the bugs, you’ll make your home more energy efficient too.

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Photo by Digital Nuisance

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