Every Autumn, the biggest spiders in the world come into my house and make their way to my downstairs bathroom. I’m such a wimp when it comes to spiders. It was always Steve’s job to remove any arachnids. Sometimes I might cover a spider with a pint glass ready for Steve to throw it out later.
Imagine my horror this year, in May to discover the biggest ever spider not downstairs but upstairs in my bedroom and just above my bed. I looked at it and felt sick. Would it even fit under a pint glass? Breaking out of the trance I was in, I decided to fetch a glass from the kitchen and find a piece of card to cover the glass and trap the beast.
I’d been gone just 3 minutes, when I got back upstairs, shock horror the spider was no longer on the wall. I couldn’t see it anywhere, it had disappeared. Should I sleep in another room tonight? I really didn’t know what to do, the thought of that spider running over my bed gave me the shivers.
What a nightmare.
The only thing I could do was to re frame how I look at spiders. I tried to think of spiders as perfect creatures, doing no harm to humans, in fact helping us by catching flies. I managed to sleep in my own bed that night and forgot about the spider.
7 days later….
I woke up one morning and there was the spider wrapped up in my net curtain on the other side of the bedroom. How many times had it run across my bedroom floor I wondered? This time I was determined to catch this spider and remove it from my home. Instead of using a pint glass I decided to take down the net curtain, bundle everything up and take it into the garden. I opened up the curtain and returned an hour later, the spider had gone, relieved to be back in nature, I’m sure.
I was so proud of myself too. To continue my new relationship with spiders, this Autumn I’m keeping track of the number of spiders I’ve successfully removed by recording numbers on a notice board.
Several of my friends suggested I get one of these spider capturing devices.
Have you used one? Do they work? Let me know
Give it a Try
You might love spiders, so my story won’t impact you but if there’s something else that causes you to faint, try looking at your experience in a different way. We can choose how we react to situations, it’s called re-framing and is a technique used in NLP to remove lifelong phobias in minutes. It works