Uh-oh we have a crisis in progress!
I think most of you looking at this, won't know what it is? Well this contraption is so important to me, that despite it having been falling apart for the past 10 years, I have determinedly hung on to it. It has traveled to various hot locations worldwide with me, its exact location is known to me at all times, and it even crossed the pond with me! I have only ever seen one like this and so I bought it without hesitation. Here's a clue below! Yes, I am a huge arachnophobe and this has been my trusty spider catcher for the past 15 years. Spiders have a nasty habit of tracking me down when I'm alone and I then have to deal with them myself. Let me paint a few pictures for you to demonstrate the level of my arachnophobia. I once spotted a huge Harvester spider (big with long legs) high up on the wall above a landing when home alone. I was so desperate I attempted to throw a small plank of wood at it, of course it fell back and hit me on the shoulder instead! The spider took flight and I ran screaming from the house. I totally freak out if I have to kill one by stepping on it, as then I have made indirect contact with it and I just cringe. Picking one up in a glass is the same, as it looks like it's in direct contact. An old boss of mine was once on the phone in his office, which had a glass wall. I am walking to the kitchenette carrying his teacup, when he see's me start running backwards, trip, fall ass over tit and then crawl away screaming. Yep another of those big Harvesters had decided to run at me across the carpet! My boss was so alarmed he dropped his phone and ran out to check what was up, needless to say I never lived it down! You'd think having cats would help, but no they like to play with them first and then they eat them, and then I can't touch them for awhile - utterly paranoid I know! At one point in my life, my mum thought sending me on the Archnophobia course at London Zoo was a good plan. But their idea of getting you over it, was to put a Tarantula on your hand and that was not in my life plan! So my trusty spider trap works by having a long handle (1/2 of which is long gone!) to keep it at arms length. Then you put the clear trap (which they don't see coming) over it, twist it to close the trap door enclosing the spider safely inside. Then you carry it outside and turn the trap the other way, the door slides open and the spider is released - spider trap perfection! But now one of the crucial edges that the trap door slides on snapped off, it's finally beyond repair. So I am off to google for a replacement and in the meantime I am feeling highly vulnerable and with my luck, you just know there's a spider somewhere in here rubbing it's legs together with glee!Any other arachnophobes with good capture idea's out there?