Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Hobo Spider

Hobo Spider Along The Wall
The Hobo Spider is one of many spiders that have made their home in the Pacific Northwest. The Spider is native to western Europe and it showed up in the Seattle Washington area in the late 1930's. It is one of three species of spider that can potentially kill you. And it can cause tissue death in the area of the bite.

It is believed that the Hobo Spider has been spread through out the Pacific North West through the use of railroads that run through the area. The Hobo Spider is one of the few spider species in the United States that can cause serious medical problems if it bites you. The venom is strong enough that it can cause tissue death and infections around the area of the spider bite. Wood piles, yard waste, and home foundations are the favorite places of the Hobo Spider. When the Hobo Spider is found in the house it has quite often come into the house looking for prey. If you have seen hobo spiders in your house be sure to shake out all clothing, shoes, and socks before you put them on.If they are in your home they are in your yard so wear long sleeve shirts tucked into gloves when you are working with your firewood or carrying firewood into your house.

Remember if you are in doubt if it is a Hobo Spider you are seeing that if you see spots on the spider it is not a Hobo Spider. You will usually see funnel shaped webs where there are Hobo Spiders. If you have Hobo Spiders showing up in your home the best thing to do is call a professional exterminator.