The bite of the hobo spider is believed to be a danger for humans. Necrosis damages tissue in the victim. Reactions typically manifests in 24-36 hours. Its recommended to wear protective gear in areas where spiders may live.
Get Rid of Hobo Spiders
Hobo spiders were formerly called the aggressive house spider and are called hobo spiders since they hitchhike so well. Females are about one half inch and the male is smaller. They create funnel webs.
Female hobo spiders are about a half inch long and the males are a bit smaller. Hobo spiders are brownish with dark markings and build funnel webs. They frequent wood piles and other obscure areas.
There has been discussion that some bites or wounds which led to lesions similar to the brown recluse spider may be caused by the hobo spider. There is no evidence of this and research is being conducted.
Hobo spiders have many enemies and competitors for food including: wolf spiders, jumping spiders, European house spiders, and the praying mantis. Other predators that prey on hobo spiders include birds, wasps, and cats.
Hobo spider traps consist of a non-toxic glue or adhesive and a pheromone bait. The pheromone scent attracts the spider into the trap and the glue prevents the spider from escaping and eventually dies.
Hobo spider and brown recluse bites cause “necrotic wounds”, which cause significant tissue damage and take a long time to heal. Brown recluse bites are similar, but in extreme cases can cause death.
The western hobo spider is found mostly in the Pacific Northwest. It prefers to inhabit moist, dark areas whether outdoors or indoors. Webs are funnel-shaped for capturing prey. Their bite causes necrosis but is not fatal.
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