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Hobo Spiders

The name "hobo" is linked to the spider’s presumed spread to distant cities via railways.

 

Geographic Region

In North America, the hobo spider lives in the Pacific Northwest, from British Columbia east to Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado, and south through Oregon and northern Utah.

 

Natural Habitat

Hobo spiders are native to Europe

Hobo spiders are often found in log piles, rock piles/borders/retaining walls, crevices in soil or concrete, or locations where grass meets a building foundation.  

 

Weather Conditions

Hobo spiders are most noticeable and active in late summer/early fall weather, when mating season happens and they are driven indoors.

 

Behavior

Hobo spiders are driven indoors for mating season from August through October.  Males, searching for females, follow pheromone scents given off by female hobo spiders. Houses with old or broken door sweeps, windows/screens, no weather stripping around exterior doors, foundation cracks, etc., are at greater risk for hobo invasion.

 

Unique Characteristics

  • The hobo spider is light brown spider, pale markings, about 1/2 to 5/8 inch in length.
  • However, unlike typical agelenids, hobo spiders build webs that are almost always hidden under objects and are not noticeably funnel-like. It cannot be correctly identified with the naked eye.