Hobo spiders originated from Europe and derive their name from the method that they use to travel to new places. They are an aggressive species of house spiders. These spiders are common in Idaho and throughout the Northwestern part of the U.S., and their reach is spreading. If you see one of these spiders in your home, you may want to schedule an inspection with Pest Control Services Inc. so that we can help you to rid your home of these spiders and to take preventative measures to keep them from coming back.
What Hobo Spiders Look Like
Hobo spiders are brown and are between 11 and 14 millimeters long. Male spiders have an appendage that is swollen, and females have slightly larger abdomens. They have oblong abdomens with posterior spinnerets that you can see from above. These spiders have a dark band down their midline, and they are sometimes confused with brown recluse spiders.
Dangers Posed By Hobo Spiders
Hobo spiders will bite if they feel threatened. People who are bitten by the spiders may develop pain and redness. Some people believe that they cause necrotic lesions, but experts do not believe that they do. Instead, experts believe that brown recluse spiders are the likely culprits when people develop those types of lesions.
Signs That You Have A Spider Infestation
Hobo spiders build webs that are in a funnel shape with openings at both ends. One end will expand outward into a slightly curved sheet. Male spiders wander in a hunt for mates from June to October. Because of their wandering habits, male spiders are likelier to come into contact with humans and to bite. If you see these spiders and the funnel-shaped webs, you may have a hobo spider infestation.
Preventing Hobo Spiders
To keep hobo spiders out of your home, seal all of the exterior cracks on your home. You should also make certain that all of your doors and windows have screens. Keep clutter picked up from the floor so that they don't have places to hide. Be careful when you are moving boxes as they may scurry out. Try to keep your basement and garage as clutter-free as possible. It is also important to try to keep these areas dry....