Researchers estimate there are over 500 species of spiders in Oregon. Only a handful of living near human dwellings, and of these, only the black widow is really toxic. Some have the yellow bag and hobo spiders under the dangerous, but there is little scientific proof that their bites are harmful. Most spiders are beneficial, and you can avoid encounters with hobo spiders with an understanding of their habits and appearance.
Origins of Hobo Spiders
The hobo spider, Tegenaria agrestis is a transplanted European spider. While they are thought harmless in Europe, in Oregon they have a reputation for being aggressive and with a bite caused the lesions. They revolve around areas where people live, and are usually seen in late summer and fall, when the males come out looking for mates.
Look like a hobo spider
Many spiders are hard to identify, and often confuse Hobos Oregonians with their close relatives, the giant house spider, which is much more common in Oregon homes. Adult hobo spiders are dark brown, and when she measured with her long legs, about the size of a silver dollar. They have elongated, brown hairy belly with reddish-brown streaks, but this is best seen with a magnifying glass or microscope.
Characteristics of a hobo spider
Contrary to its reputation, hobo spiders are not aggressive and will not bite unless cornered. The bite of the hobo can cause blistering and lesions that take a long time to heal, although the severity of the bite seems off on the age and sex of the spider. They are fast runners, but not good at climbing. You are most likely to see them scurrying across the kitchen floor or trying to scale the side of the bath in the fall and winter. You can also find some foundations, piles secluded behind bushes and tall grass, and firewood.
Avoid Hobo Spiders
Take certain precautions to keep in contact with spinning to a minimum and avoid encounters with hobo spiders. Seal any points of entry to your home, such as openings around pipes and conduits. Install good window screens. Vacuum often and sweep down cobwebs in your home and around the eaves of your house. Keep stacking. Of old wood from the house and keep vegetation mowed and trimmed Gloves and long-sleeved shirts when handling firewood or cleaning out warehouses. It also helps to keep out of the ground beds, towels and clothes and shake before use.