For the love of spiders …


OK. This has nothing to do with medicine, oncology, hematology, or health policy. It’s just something fun. And to some extent it was prompted by an episode of On Point with Tom Ashbrook (WBUR) featuring Greta Binford, an arachnologist, and her adventures with (ugh) spiders. You can listen to the show here and see some of her photos here.

I am moderately arachnophobic, which is one of the (many) reasons that I was not a big fan of living in Cincinnati when I was there for my residency. It was just warm enough there to have plenty of creepy-crawlies. It seems that the climate here in the Northeast makes for a less friendly environment. Either that or the cats have been eating the spiders before we find them.

That being said, I’m not a big fan of killing living organisms. So I was thrilled to hear about the spider and environment-friendly Spider Catcher (pictured above). This gadget apparently allows you to capture spiders without squishing them against the wall.

The ad says it all:

The Spider Catcher is approximately 65cm long which is enough to keep you at a comfortable distance while you pickup and transport the spider or insect to a safe relocation. Perfect for awkward corners or reaching up high, there’s no longer any need to put your back out in your attempt to catch the unwanted pest!The innovative Spider Catcher is capable of catching many different insects, so if you’re plagued by flies or if there’s a dead wasp on your windowsill, the unique bristle head on this fantastic device enables you to gently catch the insect, carefully trap it and then release it outside. In fact, the Spider Catcher is so gentle, you can even use it to capture butterflies and moths without causing any harm to their delicate wings.

Apparently this brilliant device comes from Britain.