Hobo is quite a peculiar name to give to any type of a spider. This name stuck because the specie in question is not native to America but comes from Europe. It is a popular belief that this spider hitched rides on cars and trucks along the highway to spread to other states and hence the name Hobo.
What does a Hobo spider look like?
The Hobo spider is not exactly small but neither is it massive. It is fair to say that adults are medium sized spiders measuring approximately 2.5–4.5 centimeter including the body and legs. It is predominantly brown and furry with some spots lighter than others. The abdomen of the Hobo spider is oblong shaped with visible spinnerets.
The Hobo spider prefers damp dark places and will normally live outdoor but may venture indoors lured by the presence of insects. It often forms a web that has a back door leading to a safe nook or crevice where predators cannot follow.
Hobo spider bite
The Latin name for the Hobo spider is Tegenaria agrestis. This has often been misconstrued to mean that this spider is aggressive. But that would not be quite accurate. The Hobo is not aggressive in the sense that it will seek out a human being in order to bite. Like most spider it will tend to shy away from human presence. However, should it be accidentally trapped against the skin of a person, it translates that as being cornered and will therefore seek to defend itself by biting.
The bite of a Hobo spider feels like being pricked with a needle. While the Hobo spider is venomous and will kill its prey by injecting venom, their bite on humans is often not serious and will typically not require a visit to the hospital. However the bite section may have the following:
- Some damage on the skin
- A red welt may form
Some people are more sensitive than others and may be have an allergic reaction to a spider bite. So if you develop fever, headache and hives appear in your body as a result of a bite from a Hobo spider the it is prudent to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Here are some general tips on taking care of a spider bite:
- Apply a cold compress for 10 minutes
- Apply an antibiotic ointment that will reduce itching and swelling
- Prevent infection by cleaning the area with soap and water
- Take an over the counter antihistamine such as Benadryl to help ease the itching
A bite by the Hobo spider is in most cases relatively harmless. It is important to try and stay calm after a bite as most people will understandably become panicked. The Hobo spider is often mistaken for the brown recluse which is venomous even to human beings.
Doctors will often advise spider bite victims to catch the spider in a jar if they can and bring it with them to hospital. That way doctors are absolutely sure what type of spider caused the bite and can treat the victim accordingly. Of course, that is often easier said than done.