We've had such an array of spiders in our house this year, and some days we just can't get at them with the trusty cup method. Other days we freak out unnecessarily and can't get near them at all. So we just move on and let them move on.
We found this Spider Catcher online yesterday, and mostly liked the distance from hand to spider. The point is to get those suckers back outside where they belong, all without amputating/killing them in the process (Janel would be proud...she's big on bug karma).
The Spider Catcher is available online from Eurocosm(UK) for around $18. We love the tone on the website: info on the history of spiders, how to "perfect your technique" by practicing with a plastic spider (we find this idea hilarious), and the general interest of getting spiders back into the garden while keeping wimpy humans at arms' length from the arachnids.
Has anyone seen something similar for sale stateside?
(This post republished from 7/25/06)