So you’ve found a spider in the house and you’re not sure what to do about it.
You’re weighing up two options: kill it, or take it outside.
Many people go straight to the first option, probably because it’s the easiest, they may not like spiders very much or they’re not sure how to catch one safely.
Well, I’m going to try to convince you why you should catch a spider and release it outside, instead of harming it.
Why catch a spider instead of killing it?
- You’ll feel great about saving something that’s smaller and more vulnerable than you are.
- Spiders are crucial to maintaining balance in the environment. Take away the spiders, and then there are many ripples throughout the food chain. Think about how many extra flies and cockroaches we’d have in the world with out them. Yep, saving a spider is looking good right now, isn’t it?!
- Most spiders you find around your home are harmless
- If you have kids, it’s a brilliant learning opportunity
Here is some more reasons that spiders are important!
Catching a spider: What you need
- A container or a cup that’s bigger than the spider
- Gardening gloves (optional)
- A thick piece of paper (or cardboard, if you don’t feel that’s thick enough)
- Someone to open the door!
I should remind you all here to check the type of spider it is before catching it. If it’s highly venomous it would be better left for the professionals.
Catching a spider: How to do it
Okay, it’s time to be brave. Deep breaths.
- Catching a spider works best if your spider is on a flat surface. Have both your cup (or container) and piece of paper/cardboard ready and close by you.
- Grab your cup/container and quickly place it over the spider. Try not to squish those little legs.
- Then, slowly move the paper/cardboard under the cup.
- Put your hand up under the paper/cardboard to keep the spider contained. There, wasn’t that easy?!
- Then, take the cup/container outside, put them on the ground and quickly take your hands away to release the spider.
- Pat yourself on the back, or have a shot of vodka. You just helped the environment in more ways than you know.
Have you ever caught a spider? How do you feel about spiders in your home?