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Hobo Spiders

My house has been invaded by hobo spiders. I have killed at least 12 in the last 2 weeks. I am terrified of spiders and I am terrified they will bite my baby or my hubby or me. I need to know how to get rid of them without using any dangerous chemicals. Help!!

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I want to thank everyone for the responses. I have a lot of ideas on how to deal with this problem. I have put traps everywhere and I think I am going to have the outside sprayed so at least they won't come into the house for a while. I have already caught a few in the traps. These spiders just freak me out so bad. My cats don't seem to be able to keep up with the extermination. I guess they are getting old or I have more of a problem than I thought. Again thank you everyone.

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I have two words for you Ortho Home defense. you can buy it at walmart, homedepot, and even the grocery store. I had them in an apartment i lived in just as bad. they are ugly and scary. If i was you you need to vacum the cornors, and the base boards. And when you get the Ortho Home defense spray all the entry ways, and windows and cracks. I just spray every where. And the good thing about that stuff is once its dry and it drys pretty quick its safe around kids and pets. Good luck. And be strong.

S.,
I have been told spiders don't like menthol smells... try like a humdifier with vicks or get some menthol oil and put around the inside perimeter of the house. Just a thought!

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I have these same things...help me too

Don't hesitate to call an exterminator - they can advise you -- good luck!!

If you are in the salt lake valley, call bug busters. For a hone about 3000 sq. feet, they charge $92 each time they spray and guarantee you wont have a live spider for at least 3 months and if you do, they come back for free. So worth it!!! The stuff they use is totally safe even around little babies that are crawling on the floor. The guy that sprayed had a newborn and said he felt totally safe spraying the walls around the babies room with it as it isn't harsh or poison. Good luck.

This has been one of the worst years I have seen for spiders in Idaho. My husband uses Home Defense Max to treat the problem. You spray it around the perimeter of your house, and you can even spray it indoors. Once the spray has dried(only a couple minutes)it is safe for pets and kids. What is does is creates an invisible barrier to safeguard your home. You can literally watch a spider cross the line (say it's right at your garage door) then turn around and start to die. It has made a huge difference at our house, and I feel much better knowing that they can't get into our house. I am very creeped out by spiders, especially Hobos. You can get Home Defense Max at Lowe's or Home Depot. It's made by ORTHO. My husband and I both swear by it. We find dead spiders outside our front door, back door and garage door all the time.

so i read that if you boil tobacco leaves and lemon juice and then put the water in a spray bottle and spray windows and doors it's a natural spider spray. we use beeline and they "supposedly" use a chemical not harmful for pets or children, you don't even have to leave while they're using it, they say they go to daycares, etc, so places where lots of kiddos are. . . good luck. we HATE spiders and i really didn't want to spray but we had a few incidences and couldn't stand it any longer so i feel your pain!!!

Are you familiar with the electro charged pest control? All you do is plug it in and it lets of elector pulsing that the spiders and other critters hate. I'm not sure of the name but I know if you google it you can fide more info. In the mean time try using essential oils I believe it is peppermint that dentures them. Good luck!

You can have the outside of your house sprayed and that works really well. That is putting chemicals around your house but at least it's outside. The fall is their breeding time, they are really active right now so that is why you are seeing so many. The one thing good about hobo spiders is that they are grounded spiders which means they can't climb very well. They can't climb walls and the only way they could get in you or your kids bed is if there is a blanket hanging off the side for them to climb up on. So just keep stuff like that off the floor. You shouldn't have to worry about finding one in your babies crib. But I would get your house sprayed, you will continue to see them until it starts to get really cold.

You can get some tempo at any agriculture supply store, IFA, some Lowe's and some Home Depots. It is usually sold in large quantities and because of that it is not the cheapest things, so check to see if they sell it in small quantities. But it is extremely safe for the home and to have around kids. But you should wait for it to dry after you spray, which isn't very long and even then it is safe. My father-in-law is a chemical distributor and this is what we use for everything and it works great!

Someone mentioned hobo spider traps and I've used them before. They do work, but you have to set them up exactly as described in the instructions. My bro-in-law actually caught a mouse in one of his - they're sticky.

We catch hobos at least a couple of times a week and it always bothers me too. They're extremely dangerous - essentially the same thing as brown recluse but found in a different part of the US.

I asked some pest control people about spraying and they said there's no guarantee and they have to spray very regularly.

Best thing to do is to clean your house very thoroughly, make sure that things are put away and no piles of stuff (especially clothing-type piles), and put traps in every room. And you'll be fine.

Good luck!

I don't know much about that specific spider but in general I have had luck with sticky traps catching spiders. My mom's idea from her bug sprayer guy. Hey said spray doesn't work that well because with their legs spiders can step over spray but if you put sticky(mouse) traps along a wall or in places where it is dark or they might be they walk across and get stuck. So far I have had great luck with this but if they are poisonous like i have read I would have my house sprayed along with the sticky traps. Good luck I hope you get rid of them soon!

S.,

Get some hobo spider traps. They are little cardboard "tents" over a "pool" of very sticky, scented goo. We normally get invaded by hobo spiders this time of year, put these traps out, and literally catch hundreds of them. You can put them in out-of-the-way places and they have not been bothered by our very inquisitive dog. They are very effective. In Utah County, you can find them at Carpenter Seed on South State Street in Provo.

OK, so I know I am the odd one out here, but I try not to freak out about spiders. I do get a good laugh from watching my cats chase them to death, and it seems I saw fewer after we got the cats.
Hobo spiders are somewhat common in the area where I live (Salt Lake Valley), but there are also garden spiders that are mainly harmless. The only time any spider will bite a human is in self-defense. Yes, hobos are venomous. But usually not life-threatening (more so for babies and small children so be extra vigilant).
Hobos are ver mobile, making it hard to get rid of them with chemical treatments. In fact, sprays may make things worse by killing competing spider species and allowing them to flourish. The best thing is to make sure cracks in the foundation are sealed so they can't get in. Then keep the floor clean of 'stuff'. They like hiding under clothes, toys, boxes, etc. Bites are most common on the hand, from picking up or moving what they are hiding in so be careful in areas of the house where they hang out the most (for us it was the basement). Keep bedding from hanging down near the floor - they may climb up and hide in the bed, then bite if someone lays on them.
A hobo spider is usually painless at the time it bites, and many defensive bites are 'dry'. If there is envenomation (poison in the bite) there will be a large area of redness around the bite right away which fades after a few hours into what looks like a mosquito bite. Hobo poison kills tissue, rather than being a nuero-toxin like black widows, and usually is very mild. But if someone is bitten, take them to the Dr. If you can, capture the spider and take it in too, as that is the most sure way of identifying what kind of bite and determining treatment.
But like I said, spiders won't bite unless they feel threatened. And they help control other pests (I'd rather have spiders than ear-wigs or gnats in my house. I even named a couple of the spiders and knew where they lived to avoid them. lol) If you must get rid of them, sticky traps ar the best. Be very careful in cleaning them up - make sure the spiders inside are dead or you could get bitten.
Check out the website http://hobspider.org for more information on dealing with hobo spiders, preventing bites, symptoms of bites, etc.
Good luck!

This site sells traps - don't know how well they would work, but they have some other ideas on there too. One person on there said they put the legs of their beds in smooth sided plastic cups (I guess the spiders wouldn't be able to climb them?) and moved the bed away from the wall slightly. Also they don't have any linens on their beds that hang, so they spiders don't have anything to climb.

http://www.hobospider.com/info/index.html

Good luck!

S.,
I have been told spiders don't like menthol smells... try like a humdifier with vicks or get some menthol oil and put around the inside perimeter of the house. Just a thought!

I have two words for you Ortho Home defense. you can buy it at walmart, homedepot, and even the grocery store. I had them in an apartment i lived in just as bad. they are ugly and scary. If i was you you need to vacum the cornors, and the base boards. And when you get the Ortho Home defense spray all the entry ways, and windows and cracks. I just spray every where. And the good thing about that stuff is once its dry and it drys pretty quick its safe around kids and pets. Good luck. And be strong.

Hi S.,
I had black widows many years ago, and the only solution we found was monthly Orkin spraying.
But I had to respond because I rarely hear of anyone like me!
I am 48, and the mother of four daughters: 20, 18, 14 and
15 months! Many people think that my youngest belongs to one of my daughters. "Nope, it's amazing, but she's mine,"
I say. My husband and I have been married for 6 years
and this is his first child too, although he has been a great father to my daughters. It's just nice to know that I'm not the only one starting over!

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