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Oh no... it's the Hobo! (Hobo spider, that is)

Bad news for young people with arachnophobia: As college students in the Pacific Northwest are moving into their dorms, some unwelcome guests are moving in along with them... Hobo spiders!

Hobo spiders are most noticeable and active from August through October, when mating season happens and they are driven indoors.

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

The body length of a hobo spider is about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long with a leg span of about 1-2 inches. 

The hobo spider is not aggressive, and would rather run away than attack. The only cases in which it may bite are when going after prey or when trapped against a person’s skin.

When they do bite, it's almost painless, and it may feel like nothing more than a pinprick. Definitive proof is still lacking as to whether or not the hobo spider bite causes necrosis or staph infection -- oftentimes, a severe reaction like that is caused by the bite of a brown recluse spider. 

Hobo spiders are part of a genus known colloquially as "funnel-web spiders". These arachnids construct a funnel-shaped structure of silk sheeting and lie in wait at the small end of the funnel for prey insects to stumble into their webs. 

Spraying for hobo spiders can help stop them from getting in your home, but the spraying isn't foolproof.  If they're already indoors, the best thing to do is keep the house tidy and place spider traps around your walls.

The RESCUE!® Spider Trap, made of copper metallic plastic, is attractive yet inconspicuous.

Its thin shape allows placement in narrow spaces, and the sturdy plastic shell withstands crushing or breaking. 

Spider traps should be placed where spiders are normally found indoors: Against a wall or baseboard, under toe kicks, around doorways, behind toilets, behind or under furniture, and inside basements or crawl spaces.

The RESCUE!® trap comes ready to use and there's nothing to assemble. 

This trap can be found in Walmart, ACE Hardware, Do-it Best Hardware, True Value Hardware and Fred Meyer stores.