Hobo spiders are usually found near ground level because they are poor climbers. They are funnel web weavers that build their webs in dark areas. They are nocturnal and sensitive to light. If a light is switched on, the hobo spider will dart away to find cover. Common places for hobo spiders to build webs include flower beds, beneath woodpiles, and around the foundation of homes.
Hobo spiders use their funnel shaped web to catch prey. This web contains a den at the rear where the hobo spider hides and waits for food. Unlike most other spider webs, a hobo spider’s web is not sticky. The funnel shape of the web causes prey to become entangled. Once the prey is trapped, the hobo spider leaves its den and attacks. Hobo spiders eat insects and other arachnids.
In order to mate, male hobo spiders will go in search of females. The male will die shortly after mating. Female hobo spiders are very protective of their eggs and will attack any predators that threaten their young.
Despite being called aggressive house spiders, hobo spiders are not aggressive. They actually have very poor vision and would rather dart away from a threat than attack it. Because they can only see objects within a few feet, hobo spiders might dart directly towards a person on accident.
Redness around the bite site.
Blistering within 24 to 48 hours that will eventually burst.
Scabbing that resembles a target or bulls-eye appearance.
Nausea, fatigue, headache, and temporary memory loss and vision impairment may also accompany a hobo bite.
The severity of a hobo spider bite varies from person to person. Because it is easy to confuse hobo spiders with other brown spiders, like the brown recluse, you should seek medical attention immediately as a precaution and get a second opinion.
It can be difficult to detect hobo spiders given their preference to hide. If you are going to encounter a hobo spider, it will most likely be when the seasons start to change and warmer temperatures set in. The best way to prevent a hobo spider infestation is to maintain a pest free home. This will eliminate any insects for the hobo spider to feed on. You should also keep you home clean and clutter-free in order to eliminate any areas a hobo spider may build a web.
If you notice any funnel-shaped webs in or around your home, hobo spiders are more than likely present. Given the hobo spider’s resemblance to brown recluses and other spiders, you should call an Aptive professional to exterminate. Aptive’s dedicated team uses professional and effective methods to remove spiders and ensure that your home is protected for the future.