The Latest and Greatest In Spider-Killing Technology

Like many people, I don’t enjoy spiders. That’s putting it lightly, but I’m trying to be delicate here, and not risk any literate spiders reading of my vendetta and seeking revenge. I don’t enjoy spiders so much that I usually kill any who cross my path. If my handy husband is around, I usually invite him (translation: scream, flail, and run around wildly) to perform this task. When he is not, I’m left with a handful of options.

Bare-handed: not an option, despite what aforementioned handy husband thinks.

Poison: Good, if I’ve got any, and I don’t mind spraying toxic substances all over my carpet, walls, and breathing air.

With a shoe or nearby implement: Getting warmer, but then I have a dead spider stuck to my shoe. Fixing one problem with another problem is not ideal.

Enter: The Ultimate Spider Killer.

Step 1: Wrap a paper towel around a rubber mallet and secure with a rubber band. (A hammer can be substituted, but the large, even surface of a mallet is preferable)

Step 2: Extend your arm and carefully walk to the trashcan, taking great pains to avoid looking at or touching the spider carcass. A quick peek to ensure deadness is ok.

Step 3: Using scissors, cut the rubberband, releasing the soiled papertowel without having had to touch spider parts, dead or living, at any point.

Celebrate!

Step 4: Re-arm your spider killer. Preparation is key.

Hint: These make excellent house-warming gifts for young ladies (or young men who behave like ladies) moving into their first place.

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Gross, but Effective

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Back in July I wrote about a banana trap I created to eliminate a fruit fly problem at my house. The trap was modestly successful. A few days ago I noticed dozens and dozens of fruit flies had nested in my teeny tiny houseplants. I have no idea why and am even more confused about what they are eating (there is no fruit outside of the refrigerator and most of our pantry items are either unopened or stored in airtight OXO containers). Anyway, the point is that there are more fruit flies to be caught. I decided to try a friend’s suggestion and mix a splash of rum with a squirt of dishwashing soap. What a difference! Within minutes I had caught my first victim. After less than 24 hours I had 2 dozen flies and now, two days later, there are more dead flies than I can count. I made it to 50-something and then couldn’t distinguish the tiny carcasses from one another. We have a winner!

Create your Own… Banana Trap!

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Okay, so it’s actually a trap for catching fruit flies that uses a banana and is unlikely to snare any unsuspecting bananas (other than the sacrificial one inside). Lately our house has become overrun with fruit flies and this is my first attempt at dealing with them. Part of making our home beautiful is eliminating the elements that are not and doing so in a way that is healthy and harmonious. According to various online sources, fruit flies can get in to the jar but cannot get out. Sounds perfect!

What I used:

  • Clean, empty jar
  • Half a banana
  • Saran Wrap
  • Rubberband
  • Pin

The process is simple. Place a banana in a clean, empty jar. Cover opening with saran wrap and secure with a rubberband. Poke a few small holes into the plastic wrap and wait for the fruit flies to come!

Hopefully it is just that easy. It’s been a half hour since I set up our trap… so far no takers. I am dying to see this jar filled to the brim with little winged creatures, but I admit I am not sure what to do with them once collection is complete. Ideas?

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