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How to identify a Hobo Spider?
Male Hobo Spider
Female Hobo Spider
These species were originally from Europe. It is believed that they were transported to the US via shipping lanes and ended up in Seattle, WA in the late 1920s. They have since expanded slowly throughout the Northwestern US and Western Canada. Their bites have often been confused with the brown recluse; therefore, public awareness of the hobo spider is low.
Why are Hobo Spiders a problem?
Very often for the first 24 hours it may appear no worse then a mosquito bite, then it appears to blister in the center. Within 24-36 hours the blister breaks open, leaving an open, oozing ulceration. Lesions generally heal within 45 days, but can result in a permanent scar, and healing can require up to 3 years if the bite occurred in fatty tissue.
What do I do if bitten?
How are they controlled?
According to experts, there are several measures that you can take to control Hobo spiders. Wood, debris and vegetation should be removed from around the house or building foundation. Areas with dead wood are the natural nesting sites for these spiders. Inspect and replace damaged weatherstripping around doors and windows. The same should be done for door thresholds and door sweeps. Use yellow exterior lights outdoors that attract fewer insects, thereby reducing the food supply for spiders. Caulk cracks and crevices that could provide harborage for spiders. Ensure that crawl space vents are screened. Glue traps can be effective and are available from many sources. The spiders and their nests can also be vacuumed when found. The contents of the vacuum cleaner should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and disposed of to prevent the spider from crawling out of the vacuum. Exposure can be reduced by using gloves and other clothing that covers skin while working in areas that may be infested.
Source: National Park Service NPS
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