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Hobo Spiders: Keep Them from Turning Your House into Their Home

The hobo spider is one of the most feared and misunderstood household pests. They are often mistaken for brown recluses and other members of the arachnid family due to their indistinguishable features. It can be difficult to identify these creatures without getting a close-up view, but most homeowners will never get this close anyways. It is true that spiders are great for keeping other harmful pest populations down, but it is also important to remember that hobo spiders in particular are venomous. While they are not known to attack people, injuries can happen.

Like most animals, hobo spiders will only attack when threatened, which usually occurs when territorial boundaries are crossed. These critters tend to make their homes in trees and under rocks, but they do occasionally inhabit the inside of homes. The key to preventing spider bites and potential infestations (female spiders can lay hundreds of eggs when breeding) is to keep these animals out in the first place. There are a number of ways this can be accomplished, but it does require a bit of work. You can certainly use spider traps as a method of home pest control, but eliminating the source of the problem is the only effective long-term solution.

How to keep Hobo Spiders Out

  • Make your home inaccessible; seal up cracks around door and window frames, and make sure there are not holes in your siding.
    A majority of hobo spider bites occur in the bedroom; given that these animals create funnel-style webs between the ground and an overlying surface, keeping bedspreads off the floor and away from walls is necessary.
  • Keep your home clean; vacuum corners and crevices, as these are the areas hobo spiders prefer to live.
  • Spray pesticide around the perimeter of your home to prevent the spiders from coming inside. The chemical will act as a protective barrier that will deter the animals; make sure to read the manufacturer stated directions before applying any home pest control spray.
  • Invest in hobo traps; these are specifically designed to catch hobo spiders. Your best bet will to place them in the areas where the spiders will want to inhabit. If you happen to catch one, remember to wear gloves and approach the trap cautiously. The animal may appear to be disabled, but it can still inflict a venomous bite.
  • A safe (for humans) alternative to chemical-based home pest control applications is diatomaceous earth. This substance consists of small fossils that work to erode the protective exoskeleton of spiders. Upon coming into contact with it, the animal will eventually dehydrate and die. Diatomaceous earth is also incredibly effective at getting rid of other pests that can damage your garden. Sprinkle it generously around the outside of your home.
  • The best defense is a proper offense; to effectively prevent hobo spider inhabitation, you will want to incorporate all of these tips. Don’t hesitate to hire a professional pest control contractor if an infestation is present.

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