Portland OR, Vancouver WA
Seeing spiders in your home can be very alarming and terrifying for some people. The Hobo Spider is the most common poisonous spider that we have in the NW (mainly the Portland Or and Vancouver Wa areas). They are on the larger side, brown, with a V-shape on its abdomen. If you see a spider that resembles this, don’t freak out!
The Hobo Spider’s web is shaped a lot like a funnel and when it catches its prey, it likes to take it to the deepest, narrowest part of the funnel to feast. They belong to the Agelenidae family, mainly due to their funnel webs. Not only do they live in their webs and eat there, they also use them as mating grounds. When the season comes, the males will venture out to find the lady Hobo of his dreams. After they mate at her web, he either dies or moves on to the next one (which sounds bad, because it kind of is).
Hobo Spider eggs
A females body can range from 11mm to 14mm in size. Their legs have no markings and are a solid color. They also have a larger abdomen than their male counterparts. The male has swollen appendages that are seemingly quite sinister, but don’t let them fool you, they’re only meant for holding their reproductive organs.
Hobo Spiders Poison
We said they are poisonous and then didn’t go further, we’re sorry. The Hobo Spider, like other spiders, usually won’t bite you for no reason. They tend to only attack when they feel threatened or their egg sac is threatened.
To learn more about the symptoms associated with a Hobo Spider bite, click here.