In my back yard three years ago, I found a huge spider with a big wide hole in the ground. Okay, I freaked out and ran to get my dad. He wasn’t overly concerned, but I had two kids that played outdoors, in the back yard, and in this area. The spider scared me, but somehow I managed to trap it in a glass jar. My mom and I drove 20 miles to ask the county extension agent what it was and would it have friends or a large family. That is when I learned that it was a wolf spider. I don’t mind small spiders as long as they are outdoors. The only web making insect that I leave alone are the daddy long leg spiders. No matter which spider is threatening your home or yard, it is important to get rid of them. Although this article is on the hobo spider, you will find that by following these tips, you will keep theses insects from claiming your home as theirs.
Hobo spiders are brown or gray in color and they go by a number of different names such as aggressive house spiders or funnel spiders. When fully grown, they may as big as an inch to just less than 2 inches. Their webs are funnel-shaped and they prefer to live in the moist areas of your home such as a basement or window well. It is important to get rid of hobo spiders and kill them to keep you and your family safe.
Eliminate Food Supply
One good thing about spiders is that they feed on other bothersome insects like grasshoppers, flies and ants. But if you want to keep spiders from coming into your home, you need to eliminate their food source. Spray along the foundation of your home with
When spiders come into your home they like to form their webs in corners. They also like to live in areas that are cluttered or among boxes and bags. By keeping your house clean and uncluttered, you will be improving your chances of keeping spiders away
Remove the Webs
Whenever you find a spider web in your home or outside close to your house, shed or garage, remove the spider webs. To keep from being bitten, use a vacuum to suck the spider webs up indoors. When finished, empty the canister outdoors into the trash receptacle bag. Immediately tie the bag tightly shut and throw it away, otherwise the spiders may crawl back out into your home. When removing spider webs outdoors, attack and destroy the webbing with a stick that is 4 feet or longer. Step on the spiders to kill them.
Believe it or not there are stores that sell hobo traps. These traps are easy to use because the spiders go inside and become stuck in the sticky tape substance. Place these traps in the areas where you have seen the spider webs and in other places such as corners, entryways and window wells. These traps are sold in most home improvement stores, major chain stores or online. Use care when picking up these traps because although the spiders are stuck, they can still bite.
If you want a safe, non-toxic way to eliminate hobo spiders and other insects from entering your home, sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your house and yard. The diatomaceous earth is made of crushed fossils that cut through the spider’s exoskeleton. Then this happens, the hobo spiders and other insects die from dehydration. You can purchase diatomaceous earth is sold in most garden supply stores or online.
For a less safe approach to dealing with spiders where you have to be careful when using, you can scatter pesticide dust in the areas where you have spiders. Check the label to make sure it will kill hobo spiders. As always, read and follow the label directions
If you are bitten by a hobo spider, you need to seek medical attention. The signs of being bit by a hobo spider are; within a half hour, there will be a hard area on your skin, with 2 inches of red surrounding the bite. Within 15 to 35 the area will blister. Some people may experience numbing sensations or dizziness from hobo bites. The blisters usually break in a 24-hour period, and you will be left with a slow healing wound.
Washington State University; How to Identify the Hobo Spider; Rick
Washington State University: Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders
“Natural Enemies Handbook”; Mary Louise Flint; 1999
Hobo Spider: Traps and Other Products