How A Wet Paper Towel Can Help You Get Rid Of Bugs In A Pinch

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If you saw this and felt a bit confused about how it actually works, we were right there with you. One Reddit user, u/petertmcqueeny, posted in r/LifeProTips about the benefits of using a damp paper towel to deal with spiders. They argue that when thrown with force, the paper towel creates a suction of sorts and will temporarily make it impossible for the bug to crawl out from under. (This user also said this method is beneficial for dealing with spiders harboring large numbers of babies, but it’s unclear how a wet paper towel would fare against a hundred baby creepy-crawlies.) In the TikTok video, @bbrigitte.bb demonstrates how, if the insect is too high for you to reach with a broom or vacuum, throwing the wet paper towel over it will trap it in its place without you having to pull out the ladder — until, of course, you need to get the towel off the ceiling.

One TikToker took this method a step further by adding bleach to the towel. User @keridle posted a TikTok video showing their attempt at getting rid of a large spider in their home by first — through high-pitched screams — knocking the spider to the ground before topping it with a bleach-soaked paper towel and then covering that with a cup. At first glance, this may seem like a great way to get rid of the bug without touching it, but think twice before using the hack yourself. The bleach can be dangerous in certain areas, having the potential to stain your carpets or walls. Even without the bleach, most people may have trouble getting the paper towel to land on the bug before it quickly crawls away.

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