Hobo Spiders

Hobo spiders are a species commonly found in the Washington and Oregon area. Their chevron coloration on their abdomen may seem iconic to Hobo Spiders, but many other species of spiders also have this coloration and there are plenty of Hobo Spiders that do not have a clearly defined chevron pattern.


These spiders are nocturnal. If found inside, they will often be in basements, sheds, garages and other areas that are dark and damp within a house. Hobo spiders are not climbers, they mainly stay on the ground, whether they are outside or inside. Wolf spiders are also common in the Washington and Oregon areas, read our What’s the Deal with Wolf Spiders? post for more information.

Their webs are shaped like funnels with the spider waiting at the end of the tunnel. Their prey will then become entangled in the web, allowing the spider time to dart forward from the end of the funnel and disable their prey. These arachnids have relatively poor eyesight when compared to other spiders, which may be the reason they have gained a reputation for darting at people. Sometimes mistaken for “charging”, darting towards a human is likely a mistake. Often when hobo spiders are darting, they have sensed danger and are actually trying to get away from the threat.

Are They Dangerous?

Hobo spiders are not considered dangerous, like many other insects, if they are cornered or confined in someone’s hands, they may bite. Often these bites are what experts call dry bites, meaning that no venom was injected into the bite victim. When venom is injected, it can result in some negative side effects, like headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and even vision loss. Medical attention should always be pursued if venom injection is suspected after a hobo spider bite. While a venomous bite may just look like a mosquito bite at first, it can quickly turn into a blister that will pop, leaving an open wound. The scabbing can result in a persistent scar that can take years to fade.

How to Prevent Hobo Spiders

There are some simple home remedies, like sticky traps and keeping an orderly home that can help prevent an infestation of hobo spiders. Keeping a clean and orderly home will help prevent flies, ants and other insects that act as prey for hobo spiders. Make sure to wipe down counters after meals, seal pantry items and sweep and vacuum crumbs regularly. This will help reduce insects in general, which will cut down on the hobo spider’s food source. Hopefully that will prompt the spider to move on. If you are struggling with other insect issues, like ants, get more information here for treatment options.

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The best way to prevent hobo spiders is to get regular, effective, pest control treatment. If you are having an issue with spiders or other pests, contact us for a free quote. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians will specifically treat areas of your home that are a concern. For more information on spiders, check out our service page by clicking here.

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