The Hobo Spider is one that is considered to be very aggressive in nature. They are highly adaptive to many locations. They are ranked right up there with the Black Recluse and the Black Widow when it comes to what people perceive from them.

The Hobo Spider don’t have bands of colors like so many other Spiders do. This can be one way to narrow down what you are looking at. In the middle of the abdomen they have V shapes that point towards their head. They also have two spinnerets that come out of the abdominal. The sternum features a strip that runs down it.

It can be hard to see the Hobo Spider due to the fact that they often hide. They do look for warmer temperatures when the seasons change. This is when people may see them inside of their home. They are usually isolated with the exception of when they are going to mate.

They don’t see well so if one of them runs towards you that isn’t a sign of aggression. It could mean they are confused and trying to get away. However, this is likely where many stories of  attacks on humans stem from.

A bite from a Hobo Spider can be very painful. It should also be something you seek medical attention for. Even though this is an aggressive type of Spider they tend to avoid humans as much as possible. Usually bites occur when it is in clothing or other areas where the skin of a person is pushing up against it. There are still many studies in place to determine the potency of these Spiders. However, there is plenty of conflicting information.

Some individuals have had very adverse effects from exposure to a Hobo Spider. As a result they have had flesh areas on their body that start to eat away. This can progress rapidly so it is wise to have a doctor look at the problem right away. A type of anti venom may have to be injected to control the spread of it to other areas of the body. Thankfully it is very rare that someone dying for this.

Pest Info

Light to dark brown, two distinct zigzag pattern running down at the left and right side of the abdomen
11 to 14 mm in body length
Through out the U.S.