Bug Buster

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I found a wonderful device for removing bugs but it's not without its drawbacks.

Submitted: August 13, 2016

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Bug Buster!

 

I would like to tell you about a handy little device I have at home; actually it is my third one. Originally it was called a ‘Bug Buster’ but its name now, I think, is a ‘Spider Catcha’. There are probably numerous models out on the market now. It is an amazingly simple design that actually does what it is supposed to do.

 

Two solid plastic tubes which together measure about 16 inches fit on to a motor device. This works like a gentle vacuum cleaner to suck the offending beastie into the tube. The motor is powered by a single rectangular battery. Once the insect has been successfully targeted the open end is sealed with a plastic cup.

 

You can now do what you like with it – gloat, celebrate, study it – the captive will not get out until you, presumably, take it outside, remove the cap and set it free. Sometimes this can require a good shake as some insects seem to feel that it provides a comfortable home, better than the one they would have in the big wide world.

 

The easiest insect (all right – I know it’s not an insect really) to catch is the spider, either big ones or small. I have not yet come across one too big to fit. It also works very well on butterflies. It is big enough and gentle enough to capture them without causing any damage to their delicate wings.

 

House flies and bluebottles can be caught with it – if you have time and feel like a game of ‘predicting the flight path’. I’ve generally found that opening the window is a quicker way to remove these. Bees and wasps? Well, I’ve used it for both but the gentle, cautious, wait-your-moment-and-press-the-button approach works better here. They have a pretty bad attitude problem when they are enraged.

 

Do bear in mind that it will break if you go smacking it repeatedly against the wall trying to follow that damn fly’s flight path. It is only made of plastic after all.

 

And a word of warning: if you have other people living with you who HATE spiders, YOU will be called upon at all hours to remove them. Never mind that your head is still asleep in bed, your eyes can’t focus and you can hardly stand; it will be you that is responsible for capturing the beast!

 

I wouldn’t.....yawn.....be without mine. And now I’m off for a quick nap!

 

 


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