For those living in Taiwan, cockroaches are definitely on the long list of pests that wreak havoc on people’s daily lives.
These grotesque insects are seemingly everywhere and are hard to vanquish, leading to the rise of many “anti-cockroach” remedies; however, their effects are somewhat debatable.
An easy to assemble “cockroach catcher” has recently appeared on Amazon in Japan. The product was invented by a group of Japanese students, who developed it at an inexpensive price and has a very simple design.
Priced at around 800 yen (about NT$200), the principle behind the cockroach catcher is also quite simple.
Using the concept of a double box, the first covers the cockroach. Once it is inside the box, the user then pulls a handle, thereby effectively dragging the bug into a second box within the first one.
The whole process will allow users to distance themselves from the cockroach so that they can also maintain “social distance” from the pests.
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Assembling the product is also quite simple, as one only needs to fold up the transparent PET panels and follow the instructions to complete the product.
In addition, this “cockroach catcher” has a thoughtful idea, designed for people who do not like to “see” bugs.
Users can place stickers that come with the box on it, to avoid seeing them.
The product became a sensation on its launch day on Amazon Japan, and it was the second best-selling product recorded in a single day.
This led many social media users to comment what a wonderful product it was and voicing their desire to grab a couple for friends and family.
Those deathly afraid of cockroaches also praised the design for helping distance users from the insects and added that they will be sure to stockpile some at home just in case.
Some also joked that when they see cockroaches, their first reaction is to run the other way, while others mused whether they would be able to collect their wits and assemble the box when face to face with roaches.
One social media also pointed out that perhaps, one day, cockroaches would evolve to be able to open boxes, leading another to comment it would be easier to just smack them dead with a slipper.