A lot of us experience this conundrum: You see a spider in the house and it completely freaks you out. You want it gone, but you also don't want to kill it. After all, it's just being a spider and not really bothering you at all. Still, you want it gone. Now what?

An invention called the Critter Catcher, which specializes in catch-and-release, might be the perfect solution. The long arm keeps the insect or arachnid at a distance, while the soft bristles safely trap the bug. You can then rush the critter outside and release it in the garden.

Tim Tune writes in the Dallas Morning News, "It takes some practice, especially when trying to catch fast insects and spiders. I’ve managed to catch one roach but have missed a couple others. A quick spider has also eluded the Critter Catcher’s bristles. They’ll live to be caught another day."

We share our homes with hundreds of kinds of bugs, but the bigger, more visible ones might need to be escorted outside. And as the video says of the Critter Catcher, "It's perfect for the arachnophobic pacifist."

Jaymi Heimbuch ( @jaymiheimbuch ) focuses on wildlife conservation and animal news from her home base in San Francisco.

Check out this spider-friendly spider catcher
If spiders give you the heebie-jeebies but you don't want to kill them, this tool is for you.