It's that time of year that our first-floor apartment gets a few unexpected eight-legged visitors. I tend to get all girly and squeamish around bugs, but asking a guy friend to take care of it for me always ends in a funeral for the little guy and a nice bug guts stain on my wall. Good to know, then, that I can take care of it for myself without getting too close, killing the sucker or messing up my paint job—and with repurposed tech in the form of cassette tape cases or a keyboard duster...
These two great homemade spider-catching contraptions made from old desk tech come from Make Online.
The first, which we've covered before here at Unplggd, is a manual contraption that's basically a cassette tape glued to a rod. Add a string and you've got a long-distance spider trap that will keep your little bugger captive-but-alive until you can deliver him back to the wilderness of your yard or deck where he belongs. Step-by-step directions can be found here.
The second spider trap takes advantage of the air flow that happens when you aim your standard compressed air keyboard duster into a homemade PVC pipe "gun," giving you a spider sucker unlike any other. Check out the instructional video below: