A safe distance

Whether you’re deathly afraid of crawly insects or an avid believer in their right to live, this handheld bug catcher is for you. Squeeze the handle to open the bristles, release to grasp the bug, and squeeze again to free it—somewhere outside, we presume. The firm outer bristles help grip larger bugs (beetles, spiders, and even scorpions). Inside, the soft nylon bristles keep even smaller bugs safe. With the long handle, you’ll enjoy a comfortable 25-inch distance from the critter. And that length also lends some leeway to grab insects in hard-to-reach spots. Tony Allen designed My Critter Catcher for his afraid-of-spiders son. Because spiders are helpful predators who get rid of other pests, Tony wanted a non-harmful way to catch and release. This invention lets you declare “long live the bugs” and “keep that thing away from me” in one combined sweep.

My Critter Catcher

Long-Handled Insect Grabber

A safe distance

Whether you’re deathly afraid of crawly insects or an avid believer in their right to live, this handheld bug catcher is for you. Squeeze the handle to open the bristles, release to grasp the bug, and squeeze again to free it—somewhere outside, we presume. The firm outer bristles help grip larger bugs (beetles, spiders, and even scorpions). Inside, the soft nylon bristles keep even smaller bugs safe. With the long handle, you’ll enjoy a comfortable 25-inch distance from the critter. And that length also lends some leeway to grab insects in hard-to-reach spots. Tony Allen designed My Critter Catcher for his afraid-of-spiders son. Because spiders are helpful predators who get rid of other pests, Tony wanted a non-harmful way to catch and release. This invention lets you declare “long live the bugs” and “keep that thing away from me” in one combined sweep.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce My Critter Catcher to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 3:30 PM

    How do you go about creating a device that will get rid of insects without harming them?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 10:19 AM

    @Mike Hi Mike, glad you asked this... Tony Allen, the inventor of the critter catchers found that a broom like product, with soft bristles would work... I, being also complete non-violent, was looking for a solution when I had come back from India and China in 2010 - and I found his product... We took on the bulk of the manufacturing ourselves after I had tested it for 1 1/2 years and given 25 to all my friends... I lived next to a Nature Preserve, so we always had very large spiders walking into our factory, offices, and homes - so I wound up keeping a critter catcher next to every door and in every room...

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 3:30 PM

    Why is this something everyone should have in their homes?

  • Judi
    Judi
    7/11/2016 10:16 AM

    Does it work on wasps?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 10:22 AM

    @Judi Hi Judi, I have had many many wasps come into my house - and yes, it does! What is so amazing is that it doesn't get them angry - as it captures and holds them - like in a small prison - then when I have let them out in the open, they just fly off... I once thought of saving a wasp that was drowning in my outdoor pool - and I picked it up with my hands and was stung probably 3 or 4 times... So much for my trying to save creatures... Then when I found this device I was amazed how great it works on all types of wasps, bees, and all small insects...

  • Jo
    Jo
    7/11/2016 10:20 AM

    I currently catch and release with a paper cup and a slip of paper! This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for helping us to live in community with Nature.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 10:24 AM

    @Jo Your welcome! This all happened as my dear friend in India - who does not believe in harming any creature - told me I shouldn't kill any creature if I can avoid it... So that started my mission looking for this product... I wouldn't be without it now... It is hard to find products that actually work!!

  • Linda
    Linda
    7/11/2016 10:22 AM

    Have you tried this on scorpions? In Phoenix we have noticed an increase in scorpions this year and my daughter is getting them in her home.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 10:27 AM

    @Linda Hi Linda, yes - you see their are regular bristles and then there are bristles that have a 90 degree angle on them - and these catch and hold scorpions, tarantulas, and everything except lizards (which are to slippery)... Scorpions CANNOT get free of this... and it doesn't hurt them or get them angry...

  • Sherri
    Sherri
    7/11/2016 10:40 AM

    My biggest problem with spiders is when they stay on the ceiling at the intersection of the wall and the ceiling. Will this product work in that scenario?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 11:01 AM

    @Sherri Hi Sherri, Yes it will - but it takes a little practice... You need to place the critter catcher under the bug - so if it drops it will fall into the critter catcher... That usually always works... Also have good lighting so if it falls on the carpet you can grab it...

  • Martha
    Martha
    7/11/2016 10:44 AM

    What a wonderful idea! I'm the go-to person in my office whenever anyone sees a spider; I catch and release with a paper cup and sheet of paper. Am ordering one of these for the office, one for home, and one for my vegan Buddhist friend. Thank you so much!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 11:03 AM

    @Martha / Hi Martha, yes I am vegetarian and have been for 50 years... Don't believe in killing anything if I can avoid it... However, it is much safer to keep insects at a distance and not have to hunt - because you feel their fear... So, it is 100 times better than a big game hunter with a glass and file card...

  • Emily
    Emily
    7/11/2016 10:51 AM

    will this work with lizards?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2016 10:53 AM

    It appears not, Emily. Ken says they are too slippery.

  • Julie
    Julie
    7/11/2016 10:57 AM

    Hi Kenneth. Will this capture a long millipede? Like, 2" long or longer? Thanks!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 11:06 AM

    @Julie / Hi Julie, yes it will definitely pick them up! It even picks up huge tarantulas.... scorpions, and even the very very HUGE spiders in Australia... I have used this for 5 years and have never been disappointed...

  • Christina
    Christina – Grommet Team
    7/11/2016 11:15 AM

    Does this product work well on tiny insects (like lady bugs)? Or is it made more for large spiders, roaches etc.?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 11:17 AM

    @Christina Hi Christina, it works for small insects also... But yes, it is excellent for roaches, stink bugs, even flys...

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    7/11/2016 6:01 PM

    Hi! I really love using this tool on the large spiders but have as yet been unable to get a small one to stay alive when I use it. It seems they are too delicate to pick up without harming them Very distressful!

  • Norma
    Norma
    7/11/2016 11:24 AM

    Will it work on flies or are they too quick to capture?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 11:26 AM

    @Norma Hi Norma, it actually works on flys... I have caught many mid-air or on windows... I too was surprised that it did that...

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/11/2016 12:02 PM

    @Kenneth

    Mosquitoes? Ticks?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:16 PM

    @Guest / Will not work on mosquitoes or ticks... Sorry.

  • Anthony
    Anthony
    7/11/2016 11:36 AM

    Does this work effectively on carpeting?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 11:45 AM

    @Anthony / Hi Anthony, yes, works on carpeting, wood floors, everything... Just have to get a feeling of how to position the critter catcher depending on where the bug is... which is not a big learning curve...

  • Suzanne
    Suzanne
    7/11/2016 11:53 AM

    I LOVE THIS! I bought two of them, (I hate bugs), we have a pool, which seems to attract bugs of all shapes and sizes, so we got one for outside and one for inside. It safely removes any type of bug you can imagine, and allows you to relocate it. We've removed bugs from walls, ceilings, carpet, concrete, grass, water, we even caught one mid-air!!! What I like is that it doesn't kill the bug, just safely removes it. Thanks for a great device!!!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 12:20 PM

    @Suzanne Thanks for your kind response!! Yes, I have found the exact same thing... Used it for 5 years now...

  • Susan
    Susan
    7/11/2016 12:01 PM

    I would like to know where this is made?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2016 12:02 PM

    It is made in China, Susan.

  • Randi
    Randi
    7/11/2016 12:09 PM

    Is this the same item that was featured on Shark Tank? I've had one years that I bought on line, and bought 2 more, one for upstairs and one for my daughter - great product!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 12:21 PM

    @Randi / No... I was asked to go on Shark Tank 3 years ago - but I refused...

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/11/2016 12:32 PM

    @Kenneth does this work on centipedes? I have scores of them in the fall and this would be a much easier and safer way for them to take them outside.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 12:35 PM

    @Guest Yes it does!! The 90 degree bristles grabs the critter and won't release it...

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/11/2016 12:55 PM

    @Kenneth What about geckos? In the summer heat, they run into my house when I open the front door. Can it handle the weight of a gecko?

  • martha
    martha
    7/11/2016 1:09 PM

    @Kenneth when you say "roaches" are you including the BIG ones? Some are 2" long, if not longer. Like water bugs, tree roaches, etc? Would love that! They sure do love cat food, we are at war against those big guys. The cats point them out to me by staring at them, and my "swats" aren't always effective. The farther away I could stay from those bugs, the better I like it. They terrify me. :) The Grabber sounds like a necessity that I can't do without.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:14 PM

    @martha / Hi Martha, Yes it will pick up the biggest roaches! Yes yes yes - no problem picking up roaches... I lived next to a forest preserve and had a big compound - offices, warehouses, homes, etc. - and we got everything walking in... I had one by every door - it works on everything except snakes, lizards, mice, birds, etc. -

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:15 PM

    @Kenneth / Amy, sorry - but it cannot pick up lizards... they are too slippery and it won't hold them!

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    7/11/2016 12:45 PM

    I'll buy it but...I'll have to work up the nerve to use it...lol right now my arsenal includes: brooms, fly swatter, shoe (if the offending spider is within throwing radius), bug spray, calling Mom or friend to come help, I fired the cat because she justs looks at them, and I've even considered letting geckos loose in my home.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:18 PM

    @Cynthia / You won't be disappointed. I have not used bug spray in years now... However it won't pick up geckos...

  • Lois
    Lois
    7/11/2016 12:50 PM

    Does it work on ants? They seem to be my biggest bug invaders

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:19 PM

    @Lois / It will not work on the very small ants - but should work on the big ones.... I have evicted hundreds of ants.

  • sandra
    sandra
    7/11/2016 12:56 PM

    Does it work on small geckos?

    Sandy

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:19 PM

    @sandra / I don't have the answer to this... I think not.

  • julie lynn
    julie lynn
    7/11/2016 1:24 PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! i have a strict "catch and release" policy and am typically forced to use the bowl and paper technique! thank you!!!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:21 PM

    @julie lynn / You will be pleasantly surprised and VERY happy!! What I found is that when you start hunting a bug like that, especially a spider, there is a lot of fear in the insect that spreads - and no one likes that terrible feeling - with the Critter Catcher - there is no fear... It grabs, holds, and they know it... Then they are relieved as they are released... Even wasps, and I've caught a lot of them, don't get angry!

  • claudia
    claudia
    7/11/2016 1:26 PM

    Kenneth.....was all set to order one of these until I read through and saw it won't grab and hold a lizard....the only thing I won't pick up by hand. When you come up with one of those I will gladly order. Thanks!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:22 PM

    @claudia / I'm sure Grommet will let you know when we get that done!

  • Richard
    Richard
    7/11/2016 1:53 PM

    Great idea, price is OK, BUT almost $10.00 shipping is too much, bring it down to reality and I will buy it.

    rg

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2016 2:05 PM

    Hi Richard, that is due to the size of the box needed to ship it. It will certainly pay for itself in no time.

  • David
    David
    7/11/2016 3:25 PM

    @Richard Yes, that does seem like a lot - but if you look around on the Web to other sites where this is being sold, once you look at buying 2 or more of these items, the sales price plus shipping at The Grommet is not just good, but actually great. I just bought 3 (one for home, one for a good friend and one for work), and I can't find anywhere that even comes close for the 'all-in' price that I got here.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/12/2016 10:50 AM

    Thanks for the backup, David, we always try to remain competitive on pricing while ensuring we are putting out Makers in a position to succeed. Some sites try to make that difficult, but supporters like yourself squash their efforts. From the sound of it, no critter you see will go uncaught.

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/11/2016 1:56 PM

    Does this product come in different lengths? I'm thinking about when I see a critter on my kitchen counter, I'm not tall enough to get over the top of it.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:23 PM

    @Guest / No - it only comes in 26 overall length - but add your arm to that and you've got 45-55"....

  • Marina B
    Marina B
    7/11/2016 2:45 PM

    This sounds like a great product, and I'm tempted to order some -- but I'm worried that it might actually injure the spider's legs (that's the most common bug I end up catching). The glass and paper technique can squash a leg too ... but at least I can see what I'm doing and try to avoid that. I might still order one for the less common but harder to catch bugs - silverfish and earwigs (shudder!) but they might be too flat / slippery? Any comments welcome. Thanks!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 3:22 PM

    @Marina B / Hi Marina... It will not injure the spiders legs... they pull them in and get in a "fetal" position like a human... However, it sometimes will break a crickets legs.... as they are very fragile... But even that is seldom. No - It does pick up silverfish and earwigs... Do not worry - I'm sure they would prefer being picked up like a crane than someone hunting them with a glass and card...

  • Connie
    Connie
    7/11/2016 3:58 PM

    Most of my problems is the cats bring in critters, such as mice, birds, snakes and squirrels. I suppose these would be too heavy for your device?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 4:06 PM

    @Connie Hi Connie, unfortunately yes... Way too heavy. Our device is for insects only... including scorpions, tarantulas and the huge Australian Spiders - but Mice, Birds, Snakes, NO.... Sorry.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

My Critter Catcher

Long-Handled Insect Grabber

A safe distance

Whether you’re deathly afraid of crawly insects or an avid believer in their right to live, this handheld bug catcher is for you.

Squeeze the handle to open the bristles, release to grasp the bug, and squeeze again to free it—somewhere outside, we presume. The firm outer bristles help grip larger bugs (beetles, spiders, and even
scorpions). Inside, the soft nylon bristles keep even smaller bugs safe.

With the long handle, you’ll enjoy a comfortable 25-inch distance from the critter. And that length also lends some leeway to grab insects in hard-to-reach spots.

Tony Allen designed My Critter Catcher for his afraid-of-spiders son. Because spiders are helpful predators who get rid of other pests, Tony wanted a non-harmful way to catch and release.

This invention lets you declare “long live the bugs” and “keep that thing away from me” in one combined sweep.
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The tool for spider lovers and haters alike.

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce My Critter Catcher to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 3:30 PM

    How do you go about creating a device that will get rid of insects without harming them?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 10:19 AM

    @Mike Hi Mike, glad you asked this... Tony Allen, the inventor of the critter catchers found that a broom like product, with soft bristles would work... I, being also complete non-violent, was looking for a solution when I had come back from India and China in 2010 - and I found his product... We took on the bulk of the manufacturing ourselves after I had tested it for 1 1/2 years and given 25 to all my friends... I lived next to a Nature Preserve, so we always had very large spiders walking into our factory, offices, and homes - so I wound up keeping a critter catcher next to every door and in every room...

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 3:30 PM

    Why is this something everyone should have in their homes?

  • Judi
    Judi
    7/11/2016 10:16 AM

    Does it work on wasps?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 10:22 AM

    @Judi Hi Judi, I have had many many wasps come into my house - and yes, it does! What is so amazing is that it doesn't get them angry - as it captures and holds them - like in a small prison - then when I have let them out in the open, they just fly off... I once thought of saving a wasp that was drowning in my outdoor pool - and I picked it up with my hands and was stung probably 3 or 4 times... So much for my trying to save creatures... Then when I found this device I was amazed how great it works on all types of wasps, bees, and all small insects...

  • Jo
    Jo
    7/11/2016 10:20 AM

    I currently catch and release with a paper cup and a slip of paper! This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for helping us to live in community with Nature.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 10:24 AM

    @Jo Your welcome! This all happened as my dear friend in India - who does not believe in harming any creature - told me I shouldn't kill any creature if I can avoid it... So that started my mission looking for this product... I wouldn't be without it now... It is hard to find products that actually work!!

  • Linda
    Linda
    7/11/2016 10:22 AM

    Have you tried this on scorpions? In Phoenix we have noticed an increase in scorpions this year and my daughter is getting them in her home.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 10:27 AM

    @Linda Hi Linda, yes - you see their are regular bristles and then there are bristles that have a 90 degree angle on them - and these catch and hold scorpions, tarantulas, and everything except lizards (which are to slippery)... Scorpions CANNOT get free of this... and it doesn't hurt them or get them angry...

  • Sherri
    Sherri
    7/11/2016 10:40 AM

    My biggest problem with spiders is when they stay on the ceiling at the intersection of the wall and the ceiling. Will this product work in that scenario?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 11:01 AM

    @Sherri Hi Sherri, Yes it will - but it takes a little practice... You need to place the critter catcher under the bug - so if it drops it will fall into the critter catcher... That usually always works... Also have good lighting so if it falls on the carpet you can grab it...

  • Martha
    Martha
    7/11/2016 10:44 AM

    What a wonderful idea! I'm the go-to person in my office whenever anyone sees a spider; I catch and release with a paper cup and sheet of paper. Am ordering one of these for the office, one for home, and one for my vegan Buddhist friend. Thank you so much!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 11:03 AM

    @Martha / Hi Martha, yes I am vegetarian and have been for 50 years... Don't believe in killing anything if I can avoid it... However, it is much safer to keep insects at a distance and not have to hunt - because you feel their fear... So, it is 100 times better than a big game hunter with a glass and file card...

  • Emily
    Emily
    7/11/2016 10:51 AM

    will this work with lizards?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2016 10:53 AM

    It appears not, Emily. Ken says they are too slippery.

  • Julie
    Julie
    7/11/2016 10:57 AM

    Hi Kenneth. Will this capture a long millipede? Like, 2" long or longer? Thanks!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 11:06 AM

    @Julie / Hi Julie, yes it will definitely pick them up! It even picks up huge tarantulas.... scorpions, and even the very very HUGE spiders in Australia... I have used this for 5 years and have never been disappointed...

  • Christina
    Christina – Grommet Team
    7/11/2016 11:15 AM

    Does this product work well on tiny insects (like lady bugs)? Or is it made more for large spiders, roaches etc.?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 11:17 AM

    @Christina Hi Christina, it works for small insects also... But yes, it is excellent for roaches, stink bugs, even flys...

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    7/11/2016 6:01 PM

    Hi! I really love using this tool on the large spiders but have as yet been unable to get a small one to stay alive when I use it. It seems they are too delicate to pick up without harming them Very distressful!

  • Norma
    Norma
    7/11/2016 11:24 AM

    Will it work on flies or are they too quick to capture?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 11:26 AM

    @Norma Hi Norma, it actually works on flys... I have caught many mid-air or on windows... I too was surprised that it did that...

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/11/2016 12:02 PM

    @Kenneth

    Mosquitoes? Ticks?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:16 PM

    @Guest / Will not work on mosquitoes or ticks... Sorry.

  • Anthony
    Anthony
    7/11/2016 11:36 AM

    Does this work effectively on carpeting?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 11:45 AM

    @Anthony / Hi Anthony, yes, works on carpeting, wood floors, everything... Just have to get a feeling of how to position the critter catcher depending on where the bug is... which is not a big learning curve...

  • Suzanne
    Suzanne
    7/11/2016 11:53 AM

    I LOVE THIS! I bought two of them, (I hate bugs), we have a pool, which seems to attract bugs of all shapes and sizes, so we got one for outside and one for inside. It safely removes any type of bug you can imagine, and allows you to relocate it. We've removed bugs from walls, ceilings, carpet, concrete, grass, water, we even caught one mid-air!!! What I like is that it doesn't kill the bug, just safely removes it. Thanks for a great device!!!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 12:20 PM

    @Suzanne Thanks for your kind response!! Yes, I have found the exact same thing... Used it for 5 years now...

  • Susan
    Susan
    7/11/2016 12:01 PM

    I would like to know where this is made?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2016 12:02 PM

    It is made in China, Susan.

  • Randi
    Randi
    7/11/2016 12:09 PM

    Is this the same item that was featured on Shark Tank? I've had one years that I bought on line, and bought 2 more, one for upstairs and one for my daughter - great product!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 12:21 PM

    @Randi / No... I was asked to go on Shark Tank 3 years ago - but I refused...

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/11/2016 12:32 PM

    @Kenneth does this work on centipedes? I have scores of them in the fall and this would be a much easier and safer way for them to take them outside.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 12:35 PM

    @Guest Yes it does!! The 90 degree bristles grabs the critter and won't release it...

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/11/2016 12:55 PM

    @Kenneth What about geckos? In the summer heat, they run into my house when I open the front door. Can it handle the weight of a gecko?

  • martha
    martha
    7/11/2016 1:09 PM

    @Kenneth when you say "roaches" are you including the BIG ones? Some are 2" long, if not longer. Like water bugs, tree roaches, etc? Would love that! They sure do love cat food, we are at war against those big guys. The cats point them out to me by staring at them, and my "swats" aren't always effective. The farther away I could stay from those bugs, the better I like it. They terrify me. :) The Grabber sounds like a necessity that I can't do without.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:14 PM

    @martha / Hi Martha, Yes it will pick up the biggest roaches! Yes yes yes - no problem picking up roaches... I lived next to a forest preserve and had a big compound - offices, warehouses, homes, etc. - and we got everything walking in... I had one by every door - it works on everything except snakes, lizards, mice, birds, etc. -

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:15 PM

    @Kenneth / Amy, sorry - but it cannot pick up lizards... they are too slippery and it won't hold them!

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    7/11/2016 12:45 PM

    I'll buy it but...I'll have to work up the nerve to use it...lol right now my arsenal includes: brooms, fly swatter, shoe (if the offending spider is within throwing radius), bug spray, calling Mom or friend to come help, I fired the cat because she justs looks at them, and I've even considered letting geckos loose in my home.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:18 PM

    @Cynthia / You won't be disappointed. I have not used bug spray in years now... However it won't pick up geckos...

  • Lois
    Lois
    7/11/2016 12:50 PM

    Does it work on ants? They seem to be my biggest bug invaders

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:19 PM

    @Lois / It will not work on the very small ants - but should work on the big ones.... I have evicted hundreds of ants.

  • sandra
    sandra
    7/11/2016 12:56 PM

    Does it work on small geckos?

    Sandy

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:19 PM

    @sandra / I don't have the answer to this... I think not.

  • julie lynn
    julie lynn
    7/11/2016 1:24 PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! i have a strict "catch and release" policy and am typically forced to use the bowl and paper technique! thank you!!!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:21 PM

    @julie lynn / You will be pleasantly surprised and VERY happy!! What I found is that when you start hunting a bug like that, especially a spider, there is a lot of fear in the insect that spreads - and no one likes that terrible feeling - with the Critter Catcher - there is no fear... It grabs, holds, and they know it... Then they are relieved as they are released... Even wasps, and I've caught a lot of them, don't get angry!

  • claudia
    claudia
    7/11/2016 1:26 PM

    Kenneth.....was all set to order one of these until I read through and saw it won't grab and hold a lizard....the only thing I won't pick up by hand. When you come up with one of those I will gladly order. Thanks!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:22 PM

    @claudia / I'm sure Grommet will let you know when we get that done!

  • Richard
    Richard
    7/11/2016 1:53 PM

    Great idea, price is OK, BUT almost $10.00 shipping is too much, bring it down to reality and I will buy it.

    rg

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2016 2:05 PM

    Hi Richard, that is due to the size of the box needed to ship it. It will certainly pay for itself in no time.

  • David
    David
    7/11/2016 3:25 PM

    @Richard Yes, that does seem like a lot - but if you look around on the Web to other sites where this is being sold, once you look at buying 2 or more of these items, the sales price plus shipping at The Grommet is not just good, but actually great. I just bought 3 (one for home, one for a good friend and one for work), and I can't find anywhere that even comes close for the 'all-in' price that I got here.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/12/2016 10:50 AM

    Thanks for the backup, David, we always try to remain competitive on pricing while ensuring we are putting out Makers in a position to succeed. Some sites try to make that difficult, but supporters like yourself squash their efforts. From the sound of it, no critter you see will go uncaught.

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/11/2016 1:56 PM

    Does this product come in different lengths? I'm thinking about when I see a critter on my kitchen counter, I'm not tall enough to get over the top of it.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 2:23 PM

    @Guest / No - it only comes in 26 overall length - but add your arm to that and you've got 45-55"....

  • Marina B
    Marina B
    7/11/2016 2:45 PM

    This sounds like a great product, and I'm tempted to order some -- but I'm worried that it might actually injure the spider's legs (that's the most common bug I end up catching). The glass and paper technique can squash a leg too ... but at least I can see what I'm doing and try to avoid that. I might still order one for the less common but harder to catch bugs - silverfish and earwigs (shudder!) but they might be too flat / slippery? Any comments welcome. Thanks!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 3:22 PM

    @Marina B / Hi Marina... It will not injure the spiders legs... they pull them in and get in a "fetal" position like a human... However, it sometimes will break a crickets legs.... as they are very fragile... But even that is seldom. No - It does pick up silverfish and earwigs... Do not worry - I'm sure they would prefer being picked up like a crane than someone hunting them with a glass and card...

  • Connie
    Connie
    7/11/2016 3:58 PM

    Most of my problems is the cats bring in critters, such as mice, birds, snakes and squirrels. I suppose these would be too heavy for your device?

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth – Special Guest
    7/11/2016 4:06 PM

    @Connie Hi Connie, unfortunately yes... Way too heavy. Our device is for insects only... including scorpions, tarantulas and the huge Australian Spiders - but Mice, Birds, Snakes, NO.... Sorry.

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