Hobo Spider ( Eratigena agrestis), is a funnel web spider with a bite similar to that of the Brown Recluse but a little less severe. Their venom however painful and dangerous is rarely fatal. The bite site tends to be extremely painful causing necrosis to the tissue killing off the infected tissue. The site tends to blister and ulcerate leaving an open wound to heal for some time. Some other common symptoms of a Hobo Spider bite are headaches, vision impairment and a general sense of illness.
Hobo Spiders spin their webs to resemble a funnel leading into their lair. They tend to wait lurching in the small end waiting for their prey to stumble in. They are not known to be extremely aggressive towards humans unless they are protecting an egg sac. Either way if you suspect a Hobo spider is dwelling in your home use caution and call a professional.
There are a number of spiders that can be confused with a Hobo Spider like the Grass spider which spins a web similar and are much more common. If you are bitten and suspect a Hobo Spider, trap or kill the culprit and take them for proper identification. To help you initially determine If it is a Hobo Spider
Again there are many spiders in and around our homes. Hopefully they are not of the harmful variety but the nuisance variety. No matter what type of spider you may have in your home our pest control experts can help identify, exterminate and prevent them from coming back. Give us a call today and schedule your pest control analysis.
The female Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans),
which is easily identified with its black sleek body and red hour glass on their underbelly. Their venom is highly toxic and has been known to kill young and elderly as well as individuals with heart or health conditions. The male Black Widow is relatively harmless to humans and has a much shorter life span of about two months while the females can live up to three years.
Black Widows like to occupy piles of sticks, leaves, wood piles and under stones and eves. Inside the house you may find them in the garage, crawl spaces, basements or window seals in a cool dark room.
Bites may go unnoticed a first, as well some experience a high level of pain. The venom takes hold at the bite site then works its way through the body in about 6-12 hours. The toxin works it magic on the nervous system and common side effects include abdominal discomfort or pain, headaches, vomiting and nausea. It is extremely important to seek medical assistance immediately if bitten.
Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa), the name sends shivers up most spines…
The Brown Recluse bite can be painful and cause serious tissue loss. The venom is unlike the black widow and rather it attacks the flesh causing necrosis at and around the bite site, and n some cases can spread to the internal organs. The bite site tends to get extremely red and irritated developing a scab like texture. Once this scab falls off there is a hole where the venom has deteriorated the tissue away. This hole will heal but needs basic first aid to ensure a clean environment. The healing time may be several months.
Brown Recluse spiders are probably one of the most misidentified spider. They are much more common in the south but do live in Idaho as well. However, there are many brown spiders with patterns similar. These tips may help identify the spider in question.
Brown Recluses, as their name states are reclusive and prefer to hide under loose objects waiting for its prey. A good percentage of Brow Recluse bites are reported to happen while putting on clothes that may have been laying around on the floor or in a pile. As well in shoes and boots that have been sitting around. It’s always good to do a spider check and shake out your shirt and check your shoes. Inside you may encounter a Brown Recluse, if you do, call a professional to exterminate. Even if you manage to eliminate the immediate threat. Where there is one there is likely more. Give us a call today to exterminate all your spider worries.