My Critter Catcher is the humane way to catch the arthropods in your home (less mess too)


Some of you are familiar with my love of insects. Sadly, that trait was not passed down to my kids – and I have tried; oh, how I’ve tried. Every now and then I’ll hear a blood-curdling scream as though someone just lost a limb only to find out that a tiny insect or spider has invaded someone’s territory. Once my heart stops pounding from the jolt of adrenaline, I scoop up the terrorizing menace and release it back into the wild, usually using a piece of paper and a small plastic vial. Then I stumbled upon the My Critter Catcher featured on the Grommet. This simple, elegant device safely and humanely captures the invading arthropod so that you can save your family members and the creature from each other. This ingenious device has a 25-inch handle with a gun-style grip such that when the trigger is pulled, the soft bristles located at the other end draw closed to trap the insect or spider. Releasing the trigger opens the bristles and releases the critter. If you are the designated insect slayer of your home, the My Critter Catcher may be appealing to you and your family, if only to keep the “monster” (*sigh*) at arm’s-length! And hey, if you happen to have an insect-lover in your family, it is a cool tool to capture and investigate the insect as well. My Critter Catcher is available from the Grommet’s website for $19.95.

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8 comments… add one
  • yeppers September 30, 2016, 9:36 am

    I read you! I hear the screams quickly followed by a whacking sound as life is extinguished in the most violent manner. Personally, I just gently let it walk on to my hands and then release it in the garden. I might get one of these for my other half.

    • Kathleen Chapman September 30, 2016, 1:10 pm

      I can completely see the scenario that you described! It’s so funny how many of us deal with this and can relate 🙂

  • Julie Strietelmeier September 30, 2016, 10:31 am

    Jeanne is my bug catcher. Unless it’s a wasp or roach (don’t judge, I live in the woods)… they get relocated to a different plane of existence.

    • Kathleen Chapman September 30, 2016, 1:19 pm

      “…relocated to a different plane of existence” – haha! Yes, wasps shall see the nether world especially if there are members of the family that are allergic to the stings. And roaches are a potential health hazard carrying harmful bacteria such as salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus; so yes they should be dealt with using austere measures as well.

  • John Kes September 30, 2016, 12:33 pm

    Having lived in Thailand, mosquitoes and cockroaches get the death sentence. Spiders, on the other hand, get a free ride out to the garden where they can catch ants to their heart’s delight.

    • Kathleen Chapman September 30, 2016, 1:26 pm

      Mosquitoes are a major health hazard and would get the death penalty in our household as well. But since most of the critters that we see in our house are usually spiders and beetles – many of which are really beneficial – it’s nice to see an implement available for sale that allows us to spare them. If I had a garden, the spiders and beetles would be released there as well, much to the chagrin of my kids 🙂

  • Andre Clay October 1, 2016, 1:33 am

    Nice to see how many others feel the way I do. Anything that kills mosquitoes gets my full support by showing them the door. Not so much with the wasps and hornets!

    • yeppers October 3, 2016, 4:13 pm

      If you are going to kill a wasp or hornet just make sure first whack works…nothing quite like a pissed hornet!!

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