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April 7, 2010 8:32 AM Subscribe
Strategies for dispatching the eight-legged bastards that have the audacity to enter my home?
posted by mireille to home & garden (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So, out in their world (and they can have the whole rest of the world), I can just walk away. But they are unwelcome in my house, and this severe phobia is extremely disruptive in my daily life (hell, I can hardly type the s-word). I'm aware of exposure therapy and the like and I just can't take that on in this stage of my life. So the question is this: what are some strategies for getting rid of them at a maximum physical distance and with minimal eye contact*?
While I used to be able to put a jar over them (for my boyfriend to deal with when he got home) and could occasionally get close enough to kill them with a sandal (which would also be left on top of them, because I am terrified of the dead ones too), I can't seem to pull this off anymore without a panic attack and 2-hour minimum anxiety repercussions.
Added difficulty: two cats in the house, one with asthma, so aerosols are pretty much out-- even if I could use the spray killer, I wouldn't even be able to pick up the can, because the manufacturers print massive images (?!?) on them-- I can't even buy the container, much less use it.
This is an irrational phobia, so unfortunately logic about why they aren't scary and won't hurt me is totally useless. I also understand their place in the world and why they're actually GOOD things, etc. I understand the facts, and though I am in many ways a (sometimes overly) rational person, this particular fear can't be conquered by reason-- if it could, I would have sorted it out myself long ago.
So, any suggestions as to what works for you? Do you have any tricks and strategies to share? Are there new devices that I'm not yet aware of? There used to be some "capture" devices but the handles were super-short and the container part was transparent, so that was out. Also, I'm not really into the capture and release part-- way too many opportunities for something to go horribly awry. I want to stay as far away as possible and have to look in that direction as little as possible.
*Yeah, yeah, I know they're not necessarily looking AT me back. You know what I mean.