How to Identify Venomous House Spiders

Updated on May 17, 2019
How to identify venomous house spiders.
How to identify venomous house spiders. | Source

What You Should and Shouldn't Be Afraid of

"Oh my God, kill it! KILL IT!"

Outbursts like these are common throughout much of the United States and, indeed, the world, when a spider's cover is blown, and it is forced to skitter this way and that along the wall or across the living room carpet to avoid being, as suggested above, speedily smashed.

It is unfortunate that so many of these harmless eight-legged critters have to pay such a price for our unfounded fears and instinctive squishing behaviors, especially since they work so hard to rid our homes of ever creepier (in the author's personal opinion) pests such as silverfish, fleas, bed bugs, gnats, and flies.

I find that the basis for most fears of spiders is the fact that most people don't know the difference between those that are harmful to humans and those that are perfectly capable of coexisting with us peacefully. And so, in the spirit of enlightenment, I have devised a way to help any and all who are curious learn about which spiders pose a danger and which do not.

"Be careful of me. I don't want to bite, but if I do, I can pack quite a punch!"
"Be careful of me. I don't want to bite, but if I do, I can pack quite a punch!"

Biggest Threats

The leading ladies and gentlemen on this list are of course the ever-beautiful female Latrodectus hesperus (black widow spider) and her renowned accomplice the Loxosceles reclusa (brown recluse spider). The runner-up to and lesser known than these two is Tegenaria agrestis (hobo spider).

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Few spiders are as recognizable as the black widow.Black widows are Nature's very own pest controllers.Black widows are experts at web building, and are extremely helpful in vineyards where they catch tiny insects such as gnats and flies.
Few spiders are as recognizable as the black widow.
Few spiders are as recognizable as the black widow.
Black widows are Nature's very own pest controllers.
Black widows are Nature's very own pest controllers. | Source
Black widows are experts at web building, and are extremely helpful in vineyards where they catch tiny insects such as gnats and flies.
Black widows are experts at web building, and are extremely helpful in vineyards where they catch tiny insects such as gnats and flies. | Source

Black Widow

Female black widows are perhaps the most easily identifiable spider in human history. The striking red markings on their undersides are a dead giveaway to their species. Whether the red mark is in the shape of an hourglass or a simply a dot, it is safe to assume that any shiny black spider with a bulbous abdomen falls under this category. The males of this species are smaller, shyer, and less venomous than their female counterparts. In fact, there has been much speculation as to whether or not they are more deadly than the common garden spider! Also, they look nothing like their women; they're thin and usually mottled brown or gray.

Black widows, like cockroaches, can be found anywhere in the United States providing there is:

  • A stable source of heat (such as a human dwelling)
  • An ample supply of food (flies, woodlice, other spiders, etc.)
  • Dark places (the space under your bed, in your shoe closet, etc.)

They are more prominent in warmer states because they can breed and catch food outside. Natural enemies of this spider do exist and consist mainly of wasps such as the blue mud dauber and the spider wasp.

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Black Widow Bites

Two red marks are the first sign of a black widow bite. Some spider bites are "dry" and no venom is injected. However, if venom is injected, then the following symptoms are often muscle cramps and spasms near the site of the bite, fever, and nausea. If this happens, see a doctor immediately. Stay calm and apply concentrated heat to the bite to minimize the spread of the venom and alleviate pain.

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Brown recluses have a distinctively smooth appearance compared to most other spiders their size.
Brown recluses have a distinctively smooth appearance compared to most other spiders their size.
Brown recluses have a distinctively smooth appearance compared to most other spiders their size.
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Brown Recluse

While the black widow is easily identified by her shiny black exterior, large abdomen, and red shape on the underside, the brown recluse is less easily recognized because of his dull colors. The famed "violin shape" (the base of the violin starts near the eyes, and the neck of the instruments points down toward the abdomen), which is supposed to be the telltale sign for this species is sadly not confined to brown recluses, nor do all brown recluses possess it. Perhaps the only foolproof way of identifying these tricky arachnids is to count their eyes. It's true! While most spiders have eight eyes, the brown recluse is unique in that it has only six. Also, the abdomen of the recluse spider is devoid of markings, and their legs are smooth with no thick hairs.

Brown recluses have a smaller range than most people think, not straying further west than the Rocky Mountains and rarely venturing north of Nebraska. They prefer quieter, darker, and warmer places to raise their families, so they don't travel with humans to new places as often as black widows do.

Because the brown recluse is so excellent at hiding, there have not been many studies on them outside of research on the effects of their bites. So, the statement that the brown recluse has no natural enemy should be taken with a grain of salt. People who have watched and collected data from the brown recluses in their homes have noted seeing other spiders (particularly the jumping spider) attack and kill them with relative ease.

Brown Recluse Bites

Red itching skin is the first symptom of the bite of a brown recluse spider. The area then develops into a blister, followed by an open sore, which in turn is accompanied by a rash of tiny red dots. Fever and nausea can also occur.

If you are bitten by a brown recluse, see a doctor immediately. Stay calm and apply concentrated heat to the bite to minimize the spread of the venom and alleviate pain. The venom of a brown recluse causes necrosis, or the death of tissue, which can take a long time to heal.

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Hobo spiders are often confused with giant house spiders or brown recluses.Hobo spiders have 8 eyes, like most spiders, whereas brown recluses have 6.Hobo spiders may not be as dangerous as people once thought.
Hobo spiders are often confused with giant house spiders or brown recluses.
Hobo spiders are often confused with giant house spiders or brown recluses.
Hobo spiders have 8 eyes, like most spiders, whereas brown recluses have 6.
Hobo spiders have 8 eyes, like most spiders, whereas brown recluses have 6. | Source
Hobo spiders may not be as dangerous as people once thought.
Hobo spiders may not be as dangerous as people once thought. | Source

Hobo Spider

The hobo spider is one that more people need to be aware of. They are the real cause of countless so-called "brown recluse bites." The brown recluse is often wrongfully blamed because both species look related at a glance, and their bite patterns and symptoms are similar. But a second look at these critters can identify them in minute's time. Hobo spiders, unlike brown recluses, have a mottled coloration and distinctive "herringbone" patterns on their abdomen. Their legs are also hairier than those of the brown recluse.

The easiest way to differentiate brown recluses from hobo spiders is by geographic location. The hobo spider was introduced to the Port of Seattle from Europe in the late 1920s, and they have since spread throughout the Northwestern United States and Western Canada. Brown recluses do not live in the Northwest or Canada.

Fortunately for us Northwesterners, the hobo spider has a nice list of natural predators, particularly the crab spider, Pardosa wolf spider, and again our friend the jumping spider.

Hobo Spider Bites

Purported hobo spider bites have had symptoms similar to the bites of brown recluse spiders, though no fatalities have been reported. In fact, scientists debate whether this spider's venom can cause the necrosis of human tissue at all. The research is murky because most people who report bites do not capture the spider, so experts have not been able to identify whether the hobo spider is actually associated with dangerous bites. If bitten, it is imperative that the spider be captured or preserved as entirely as possible, and then sent to a lab (many state universities have labs that are appropriate for this) to aid in identification and future research.

Where Dangerous Spiders Are Found

Spider
States and Regions
Black Widow
Usually the southern United States, although they can be found as far north as Canada
Brown Recluse
Primarily Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Colorado.
Hobo Spider
Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Northern California, Western Canada
"Don't hurt me, I'm a friend!"
"Don't hurt me, I'm a friend!"

Harmless Helpers

Now that the scary stuff is out of the way, here are a few "creepy crawlies" that will not only creep up on all of the aforementioned threats, but will also keep the crawling population of fleas, mites, and moths on the down-low. Not to mention they pose no danger to pets, children, or adults in the home. I'm talking about the endearing Salticidae family (jumping spiders), the docile Achaearanea tepidariorum (common house spider), and the gentle-but-giant Tegenaria duellica (giant house spider).

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Jumping spiders are very small.Jumping spiders have a charming appearance.Who could no to that cute lil' face?
Jumping spiders are very small.
Jumping spiders are very small. | Source
Jumping spiders have a charming appearance.
Jumping spiders have a charming appearance. | Source
Who could no to that cute lil' face?
Who could no to that cute lil' face? | Source

Jumping Spider

If you ever see one of these little guyshopping around on your furniture, don't be alarmed. These curious spiders are one of your greatest friends in the pest-ridding business. They are easy to identify because of their unique eye pattern, and inquisitive behavior. If approached, instead of scurrying away like other spiders would, the jumping spider will jump and turn to face the advancer, sometimes even looking up and studying them. Jumping spiders are regarded by many as being 'cute' because of their antics and large eyes.

Jumping spiders have excellent vision, as their giant eyes would suggest, and can in fact see better than any other spider and debatably any other insect in the world. Using their vision, they can perform fast, complicated maneuvers around objects to get to their prey, which they will bite and subdue with their tiny fangs. Because of their speed and eyesight, jumping spiders are capable of besting prey larger and more venomous than themselves, and this author has personally witnessed them snatch flies right out of the air.

There are over 5,000 species of jumping spider in the world, but the most helpful seem to be those of the family Salticus and Phiddipus, such as the zebra spider or bold jumping spider.

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Round and shiny, the common house spider can be confused for a black widow at first glance.But common house spiders actually look more like mottled bird eggs than a black widow.Common house spiders are excellent web builders.
Round and shiny, the common house spider can be confused for a black widow at first glance.
Round and shiny, the common house spider can be confused for a black widow at first glance. | Source
But common house spiders actually look more like mottled bird eggs than a black widow.
But common house spiders actually look more like mottled bird eggs than a black widow. | Source
Common house spiders are excellent web builders.
Common house spiders are excellent web builders. | Source

Common House Spider

Unlike the jumping spider, which walks around with an air of adventure, the common house spider prefers to keep a quiet profile in a corner of your garage or basement. Sometimes referred to as 'cobweb spiders,' they are gray to brown in color, with speckling on their abdomen that could be likened to the mottling found on wild bird eggs. Because of their similar size and shape, common house spiders are sometimes mistaken for black widows, but it is important to note the color of the spider before jumping to conclusions. Common house spiders are not black and have no red markings.

They are passive hunters, meaning that they make webs and wait for prey to come to them. They are excellent in keeping the numbers of destructive moths, flies, and mosquitoes down. They will even tackle wasps and yellow jackets, which may be important if you bring firewood into your home since wasps will sometimes hibernate in the lumber). They will be content to live quietly by a window in your attic and pose no threat to humans.

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Don't let their size intimidate you. Giant house spiders are very beneficial.Note the hairy legs and the herringbone pattern on the abdomen here. Very different from the smooth appearance of the brown recluse.Giant house spiders grow to be much larger than Hobo spiders.
Don't let their size intimidate you. Giant house spiders are very beneficial.
Don't let their size intimidate you. Giant house spiders are very beneficial.
Note the hairy legs and the herringbone pattern on the abdomen here. Very different from the smooth appearance of the brown recluse.
Note the hairy legs and the herringbone pattern on the abdomen here. Very different from the smooth appearance of the brown recluse. | Source
Giant house spiders grow to be much larger than Hobo spiders.
Giant house spiders grow to be much larger than Hobo spiders. | Source

Giant House Spider

The giant house spider has a horrible reputation and causes a lot of panic in Northwestern homes because it is easily mistaken for the hobo spider. And while there is no definite way to distinguish the two at a quick glance, giant house spiders tend to be more yellowish in color, with distinctive black stripes on the abdomen. Also, they can reach a leg span of four inches while the hobo spider will typically only span a single modest inch.

Although a giant house spider looks similar to a hobo spider, their risks to humans could not be more different. The giant house spider's venom is harmless (nothing worse than a bumblebee's sting), and they actually kill and eat hobo spiders themselves, making them an excellent addition to any crawlspace, basement, or garage. In fact, they are considered the best deterrent against a hobo spider invasion.

Because of their size, the giant house spider can dispose of more prey, as well as take on much bigger insects than the jumping spider or common house spider could.

Spiders only bite when they are afraid of being killed.
Spiders only bite when they are afraid of being killed.

Precautions to Avoid Spider Bites

None of the spiders listed here bite humans very often. They need their venom to catch their food and do not want to waste it unless they are in danger of being killed. However, sometimes spiders will hide in places they think are safe, but will ultimately lead to an unfortunate interaction between them and humans. Terrified spiders that think they will be crushed can sometimes bite out of defense. Here are some tips you can use to prevent this from happening in your home:

  • Remove your bed skirt. This is good practice to prevent any creepy crawly in the house (ants, silverfish, etc.) from cuddling up with you in bed! If the only way for a spider to crawl into your bed is by going up one of the bed's legs—which are usually made of metal, polished wood, or other slick surfaces—it is much less likely to happen.
  • Do not store clothes on the floor. If clothes are left on the floor, vigorously shake them out before putting them on.
  • Bang your shoes on the ground and thoroughly shake out gloves before putting either of them on.
  • When storing things in the basement or garage, seal them so that nothing can get inside. You can do this by putting them in a tied or sealed plastic bag or by taping the corners of cardboard boxes closed.
  • Remove anything that the spiders can crawl under or between. For example, avoid leaving tarps and cardboard on the ground, and move firewood so that it is not stacked near the house.
  • Wear protective clothing such as gloves, closed-toe shoes, and long pants when going into areas spiders may find safe, such as under the house, in crawl spaces, or storage spaces.
  • If you notice there are dangerous spiders in your house, you can set out sticky traps. However, if you have no reason to think that there are any dangerous spiders, it may be better to skip this step, as some spiders like the giant house spider are very beneficial to you.

Hopefully, now, with the knowledge of both the dangers and helpers that you may find in your home, your mind will be put at relative ease. As of yet, there is no manmade pesticide or trap more effective against a population of harmful insects than a good old-fashioned family of spiders. They definitely deserve better recognition for the work they do. Welcome to the wonderful world of knowledge; I pray you use it wisely!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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      person 

      2 weeks ago

      how can i tell if its at night?

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      Spiderman 

      6 weeks ago

      to IDK

      But also now that I think about it, it could be a wolf spider and well they also can not kill you but from my experience with them the bite sucks ass to have. I actually still have a scar from the bite on my wrist from 11 years ago but it wasn't nothing too crazy.

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      Spiderman 

      6 weeks ago

      So I was asleep and I had this dream about a white shiny orb weaver spider with perfect round circles all over it's body and it was about the size of a quarter. I don't know if this spider actually exists so far my research in finding it has been a failure because there are black spiders with white spots but no white spiders with black spots.

      As for IDK from 2 days ago that sounds like a jumping spider and it won't harm you it is venomous to it's prey but it doesn't have enough potency to kill a human being.

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      IDK 

      6 weeks ago

      in my house i found a spider it was fast a little furry and medium size is it venomous in North America?

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      (Looking for advice) 

      2 months ago

      Anyone have a site or something I can use to identify certain types of spiders that inhabit California? I have a friend who has one that’s clear and sandy colored, roughly an inch in size. They have a common disliking to any type of bug. I just want to find out what type it is so that there isn’t anything to worry about. And if there is something to worry about I can let them know.

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      Lm 

      2 months ago

      I’m itchy now

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      Hooman 

      2 months ago

      I saw this alien looking spider that looked like a Woodlouse Spider, except its front was a super-bright red, its back was a darker brown, and its legs were the same reddish, but had yellow tints. The biggest difference was it was like 2 inches big. I like spiders most among all bugs, but wtf was that thing? Shit was brighter than the sun, don't want a bite.

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      Crazy Wesley YT 

      2 months ago

      I saw a harmless helper and I was carefully looking at it comparing it to the pictures. Its about as small as a fruit fly if not smaller.

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      (I don’t want to share my real name ) 

      3 months ago

      I saw a small spider (brown with white spots) is it venomous

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      Ethan Schoenheit 

      3 months ago

      saw a yellowish spider with black stripes in my room today was in the middle of working on my laptop when they decided to come down right next to my head. i am not ashamed to say that i screamed and threw my wireless mouse at it along with a few books am mostly glad that it managed to escape all of that though

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      Leslie 

      3 months ago

      Found what I think was a giant house spider the other day, at the golf course, everyone was hanging out under cover while the rain passed. The guys were freaking out and I very carefully entered the bathroom where the large long legged house spider was chilling out waiting for prey. Carefully scooped him into a garbage can, very carefully and took him outside. The burly men were impressed. They would have stepped on him, hope I did the right thing. The end

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      Carolyn Tate 

      4 months ago

      Found a spider in my room and I need some help identifying it

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      No name 

      4 months ago

      The hobo spider has nothing in it venom at all that can cause skin rot and the brown recluse only causes skin rot 1/10 times

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      melb65 

      4 months ago

      I prefer to leave house spiders alone since I know they're beneficial, but I really hate the mess they make. The sticky webs draped all over everything and bug corpses laying around are just gross. I just saw a tiny hopping spider in the house today, black with a white dot on its back. A jumping spider? It was taking tiny bunny hops across the floor. Very cute! I wouldn't hurt those, they're not big enough to scare a Barbie doll!

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      evie 

      4 months ago

      ive heard of the first 2 spiders bt the last one was a mystery to me.luckally for me i live in engaland i think theres no poisonus spiders hear.but there has been small black fat spiders in my room we manged to put them outside but the third (wich was tonite)got away and is probally still in my room.i dunno if they are harmless and im scared of spiders

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      rod 

      4 months ago

      I found a Brown Recluse living near my slider behind the Drapes and a box left there. It looked exactly as pictured here and when i stepped on him pinkish Venom went all over, gross!.

      It looked like a lighter grey shade of a Widow but than looked more tan as you get closer also the body is not round like the Widow it puffed but more oval.

      I am in Southern California what the hell is it doing here!.

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      Everett 

      5 months ago

      I keep finding a black weirdos in my back yard and it almost bit me

      What do I do?

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      Kristi 

      6 months ago

      I keep finding these shiny spiders that look black at a quick glance but when a closer view it says shiny sticky looking brown and the spider moves pretty quick and has a big bottom I kept my. Flashlight on the spider for quite a while and examined what the spider was doing I couldn't tell if it was eating dust on the wall or if he was just feeling around with his legs. I live in the Newburgh New York area does anybody possibly know what this photo could be if it poses a threat? And does anyone know if all jumping spiders are friendly?

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      6 months ago

      Get a cat. Problem fixed

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      Okie 

      6 months ago

      I found a hobo spider in my house today! Thanks for helping me identify it, and I think it's safe to say their range has grown!

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      Caitlin 

      8 months ago

      So, I havehave had this spider by my home for almost a month now, it looks similar to thesee hobo but not quite, I have cats and 1 dog and I don't know if this spider is a threat to my house hold, its about as big as a 5 rand coin, its bumm is light brown and has brown spots on each side,its bumm is round but slightly curved at the end , its legs are long and where the legs bend it seems to be afriends darker shade of brown. Do you have any idea what spider this may be and if its a threat, thanks x

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      bob the biulder 

      10 months ago

      i saw at least 2 black widows in my garage i panicked but my dad killed them. afterwards we went to the store and got a spider killer spray in case we see another black widow.

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      Mikeyboymontoya 

      12 months ago

      I found a red and black spider in my house and Los Angeles California and the only closing I came to identifying it was one from Australia how can I identify the spider positively

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      Heather Lea 

      13 months ago

      At this very moment there is a beautiful spider in my driveway, attached to the rear of our plow truck. I've never seen anything like "him". He tends to relocate around the truck every week or so, setting up intricate webs and quietly waiting directly in the center with all of his hairy legs outstretched in near-perfect symmetry.

      His abdomen is large, and silky in appearance, with symmetrical moss-green, black, and bright white markings.

      His head is very furry, light tan on the top mixing with one stripe of black on each side going toward the abdomen.

      The legs are very interesting; the front four begin at the base in shiny black and then furry tan, bright, shiny (hairless) orange with spines like that of a small cactus, to furry black then tan, black, tan, black and then chocolate brown at the tip.

      The back four do not have the shiny orange, instead they are just the checkerboard pattern of black and tan and are all hairy.

      I've never seen a spider with cactus-like spines on the legs.

      There are only two small eyes visible in the front, likely the rest are concealed by the very shaggy hair. ~lol~

      Amazing!

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      Caitlynn 

      13 months ago

      My cousin got bit by a spider on the way home on a school bus. He said it was brown & black and had black dots on its bottom (6-8) of them. And the spider from his description is about the size of a quarter dollar, possibly a bit bigger.. HELP

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      poopy 

      13 months ago

      spiders will rule the world one day

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      eels 

      13 months ago

      there is a tiny green-ish spider outside my house. it looks like it has a bright red or scarlet spot on it’s belly. is this venomous!

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      sally 

      13 months ago

      i just brought my cumquat tree inside and there were webs on most of the leaves and there was a grey almost translucent spider. i went to kill it but it got away. under on if the leaves there was what looked similar to a very small piece of honey comb that was dark yellow brown and black. now i’m paranoid about the spider

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      Kath 

      13 months ago

      Mary....writing spider!!! Yellow stripes.

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      John 

      13 months ago

      I saw a black spider with a white thing on its back, I left so quickly, I didn't understand what the shape was, the internet is no help.

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      shawn 

      13 months ago

      thanks for the help, just learned my monster as a giant house spider . Going to let it back in the house and worry less about the bad ones.

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      Emma 

      13 months ago

      ok i have this spider with light brown stripes, hes brown and i dont want to kill him but he is furry and im very scared. he is not big but he looks spooky

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      Mary 

      14 months ago

      I was pulling weeds from my garden and noticed a huge spider, light brown in color with bright yellow stripes down it body. I have never seen such a spider, I recently moved from Napa, Ca to Redding, Ca and this is the first I've ever encountered. Any ideas what it could be and is it poisonous? it has several cocoons of dead bugs already.

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      Caitlin 

      14 months ago

      There is a brown spider, like 'Completely' brown. Its not a brown recluse. What is it? Is it poisonous? Pls answer, im scared and its 1:41 AM.

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      Julie 

      14 months ago

      You may want to update your brown recluse states. I have lived in the south- Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee and KNOW that brown recluses are very prevelant there...probably all the surrounding states as well:-( We have also have seen Hobo spiders in Iowa at a hotel. I think they have all coninued spreading out. I hope this remedy is helpful.. my husband, and brother in law, nephew, and mom have all been bitten by brown recluse and mixing bentonite clay with a little coconut oil and applying thickly with a bandage did an amazing job healing the wound and stopping necrotizing. My mom was the only one appatently not allergic and had no reaction.

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      Nicole 

      15 months ago

      I hates spiders so much because i don't like them i have biggest fears of spider

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      Help 

      15 months ago

      I found a spider with a tiny bright almost neon orange head and really long legs. Is it venomous?

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      Diana Anderson 

      15 months ago

      I found a spider in my bedroom that I have not been able to identify. Can I post a photo of it here?

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      thisisaname 

      15 months ago

      i had a brown reqluise in my bathroom

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      Bebe 

      15 months ago

      There is currently a brown spider with a tan stripe directly in the middle from its but I guess and it reaches about 3/4 of its back leaving the other one fourth of it from the stripe to its head Brown the spider is about 2 in long from its head to its butt I included its legs in my measurement of 2 in lengthwise width I would say would be about an inch Maybe I recorded about an hour's worth of me freaking out because the spiders there but I was not going to leave my bed it has currently left from outside of my bedroom door and I want to know if anyone thinks these spider is poisonous because I have a small animal a cat and I don't want it to find sub cat and bite it or my cat to find said spider and end up getting bit because he is a moron please let me know as soon as possible until then I'm probably going to keep my cat locked in my room because I've been searching to figure out what the spider is and have not found an answer yet

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      Cailyn 

      16 months ago

      Today I found a brown spider in my closet

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      chris 

      16 months ago

      i have two spiders one fat and one skiny

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      Cassie 

      16 months ago

      Is a spider that is black and furry with white dots on its back deadly

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      Stevevtsl@outlook.com 

      16 months ago

      I love my two little house spiders. I give them water in bottle pop lids and black bed bugs. They don't run away when I come. I talk nice to them and keep my distance. I've had them in my basement stationary tub for over a year. All is well.

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      Willow 

      16 months ago

      Last night I was scared half to death! I was on my tablet reading at night and I see this big brown spider RIGHT NEXT TO MY HEAD. I got out of there fast as I could. I'm scared it could've been a brown recluse my room is nowhere near safe now! And I live in California!

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      Waylon 

      16 months ago

      I find 5 black widows a day here in Utah.

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      Lolita 

      17 months ago

      I saw a black spider with triangle orange on the back

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      Kristy 

      18 months ago

      Me and my kid saw a tiny black spider with two white lines on the back and we don’t know what it is or if it’s venomous

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      Georgina 

      18 months ago

      I saw this big spider crawl across my floor it had a pointy red ish tail then a few hours later another one came im scared is this dangerous or not

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      Brooke 

      18 months ago

      I was one FaceTime with a friend and I saw a small black spider on my wall and I don't know if its poisonous or not . I'm scared

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      20 months ago

      Freindly spider

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      Lola 

      20 months ago

      My house has lots of spidered

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      Domminic 

      20 months ago

      @Fred

      I think we both have the same issue. The way you described your spider was exactly how the spider in my aunts house looks like. Let's wait for the author to say something.

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      Domminic 

      20 months ago

      Hello. I was at my aunts house and there was a massive spider that looked like a huntsman but it wasn't. It wasn't hairy. I looked like a jumping spider too. Right now it is just sitting there but my cousin said it is venomous. What do I do?

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      LELAND LEE 

      20 months ago

      A SPIDER WAS CRAWLING ON ME IN THE DARK TURNED THE LIGHT ON IT DROPPED BEHIND BED ON THE LAP TOP SUDDENLY APPEARED NEXT TO ME ON THE WALL JUST WONDERING ARE SPIDERS INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO REALIZE YOU WON'T HURT OR KILL THEM AND LIKE MOST ANIMALS GET CURIOUS OF YOU ALSO THIS SPIDER WAS A PALE YELLOW AND BECAME DARKER BROWN WHAT KIND IS THIS

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      lucy 

      20 months ago

      am going to flodia and I scared to see one

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      Fred 

      21 months ago

      What is a big black spider with long legs that like to live in dark places like closets, drawers, and the hollow frame around a metal door. PLEASE GIVE ME AN ANSWER ASAP!!!!!!

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      Vanna 

      23 months ago

      small, hairless, black with a little white on the body, spider. i'm not exactly sure where the white is it just know it there. I have HUGE Arachnophobia. i was sitting in my backyard (in so. cal.) and saw it on a web with the flashlight (this is at night) after feeling a pinch and then my the top of my foot started getting really itchy. There is a small bump and its really red all around it. I'm very scared can anyone help identify what it is and if im going to die thanks

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      grannee 

      23 months ago

      I have a Pittsburg Steeler spider. It has made a very intricate web It's no bigger than the end of my thumb. can't see the legs but it looks like it is wearing a black crown around its body. it is black and yellow.

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      Stuff 

      24 months ago

      I found a spider with a green spot in its abomen, main color is grey, but at the beginning of the legs, it's red, and has black rings around the joint. I don't know what kind it is, so if you could tell me, that would be greatly appreciated

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      BreeAnna 

      2 years ago

      when I was little I used to love to play with spiders. im 17 now and I scream if I see a spider in my room

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      Mercedes 

      2 years ago

      I found a big spider....I love spiders... roaming around in my living room curtains (N. California). I immediately named him Romeo-Julius. By the 15 minute research I did, it looks like a Hobo, but it has two black spots on its abdomen. Can anyone help me with a clarification of its type. Also, I plan to send him to the garage. he's welcome to hang out in there. Or should I just release him in the lemon tree or the rosemary bush?

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      mark 

      2 years ago

      very helpful...it is definitely a good thing to have spiders around...they protect us from the bugs that can really hurt us - those that spead disease and parasites.

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      ivey 

      2 years ago

      so my hand started going numb when i woke up and by 7 that night my hand was completely swollen with a pinkish purple discoloration that turn to a blistery burning feeling and hand turned completely red with pit spots. my thumb hurt the most and i then noticed two small white circles that looked like ring due to it being bite marks. The next night i went to put my government book away and saw a big brown spider run from behind my papasan chair that resembles the hobo spider..i stod on myy bed and called my mom(more like sobbed) and it took her about 10 minuets to hear me since we were all in bed and when she got there she couldnt find the spider.My hand is fine now but was numb and burning for a few days... buuutttt....i still can't find the spider...

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      Melvin, 

      2 years ago

      Im just wondering why ask a question when they already told you what kind of spiders to look,for i hate spiders but honestly when i see a big i let them have they space,lol but i thank the person who took time to write this about spiders,tho.Now i know what to look for and you just help me save money,Thank you

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      ....? 

      2 years ago

      I found a spider right outside my house and I'm wondering if it may be poisonous. It was brown with yellow marking on it's belly.

      Kelp me.

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      chris 

      2 years ago

      What is wrong with all you people? This person just got done trying to explain the difference between poisonous spiders and non poisonous spiders that are beneficial and y'all are just posting comments about y'alls spiders that aren't poisonous and how you.are smashing them anyway. Did you not.just read that a lot of these non poisonous spiders can and will keep the population of poisonous spiders down in your house? So you would.rather just kill any spider in.sight? Good I hope one of you actually get bit by a brown recluse or hobo spider (which may not have been there had you just not killed all the other spiders) and then see how that feels. These comments are the exact reason this person took the time to explain the difference. Would.you kill a moth or butterfly that landed on you? What about a lady bug? Well these house spiders and jumping spiders are as harmless as them but you will kill the spider just because Its a spider. Some people make me sick. For all the ones that go.around aimlessly smashing spiders I hope you get bit by a poisonous one. Serves you right.

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      Canada 

      2 years ago

      I live in Ontario, Canada; we have brown recluses here, along with black widows, and have for some time...many years, in fact. I thank you for your teachings about spiders, but please don't make statements that are untrue, and call them fact.

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      Wallace 

      2 years ago

      Brown recluse has been in Canada for some time now

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      Poop 

      2 years ago

      Hey I live in Colorado and there was this spider in my basement and it was hairy and medium size? Spider type?

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      2 years ago

      A few minutes ago, a spider was crawling on me.. IT WAS ON ME! I freaked out, and kinda squished it.. It was black, with really pointly looking legs.. I didn't see its belly though... I'm really itchy now.. my brain keeps telling me that the spider is still on me

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      Flora 

      2 years ago

      I had some spider right next to me near my pillow I was sleeping on the floor instead.

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      Patty 

      2 years ago

      I live in the river bottoms and I see lots of different spiders.biggest one was 3 to 4 inches big. Now that's scary.

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      Bob 

      2 years ago

      I see a nope, I squash a nope, no exception

      Imagine if they crawl on you face while you're sleeping

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      Margie 

      2 years ago

      A spider came down from my ceiling right next to me and it hit the table and I went after it, it hide itself in my lighter tip , I flicked it , it came out and it was about the size around of a dime aaa, it was black and fury with small red dots on its tail end , hit the floor and then stopped , I grabbed the broom and when I turned around it was gone , I hope I got it ,, I think it went up under the baseboard , shoved the broom hard against the baseboard going up underneath but not sure if I got it , is this poisonous? I live in Iowa , out in the Country and have never seen a spider like this one before ,, could it be a tomatoe spider, or some type of garden spider? is it poisonous?

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      Spider in your home or outside 

      2 years ago

      I found a spider,it had a light brown or yellow head,it had orange clear legs with either hairs or spines,and the abdomen was brown with zig zag markings on the top of the abdomen,and had a similar eye pattern to that of the wolf spider except the bottom row was in a "u" shape. So? Any body know what is?

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      Deni 

      2 years ago

      I just saw a small 1/2 inch spider in the yard. It has a fuzzy round head and body of dusty color and shiny black legs. Any idea what it is?

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      Sy 

      2 years ago

      Please take the Hobo Spider off your list. It was falsely accused and never should have been considered dangerous (causing millions unnecessary stress and so many needless spider deaths).

      The Hobo was taken off the CDC list quite some time ago (even before you wrote about them):

      http://insectsinthecity.blogspot.pt/2015/09/one-le...

      Also, please verify your Brown Recluse bite photo as most of those circulating on the net are recycled from MRSA infections and other unrelated causes that have nothing to do with spiders.

      http://www.jabfm.org/content/17/3/220.full

      No need to add needless fear to uncountable people in this world. Spiders have enough worry too without false accusations.

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      Katherine 

      2 years ago

      Katherine in texas black spider with white spot. Is it. Dangerous?

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      Kaori 

      2 years ago

      I got dit from a dlack Widow I am not dead

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      Virginia 

      2 years ago

      I have also killed multiple reddish brown spiders in my bedroom, Maddie. I live in California, East Bay. No webs...just reddish-brown centers and legs, with a somewhat grayish furry but area. They are small, but I woke up with a spider bite that won't go away. I keep putting neosporin and bandaids...its big and red and pusiness.

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      Maddie 

      2 years ago

      I have killed multiple reddish brown spiders in my room , I am now seeing multiple baby ones , but I killed the other spiders ! I don't know how to get rid of the baby ones without getting bit or the population growing even larger . Any tips on what to do ? My room in cold and very bright I don't know why they would want to be in my room . Help :(

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      Adyson and Victoria 

      2 years ago

      know info and small black house spider

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      Alexis 

      2 years ago

      I have a pet jumping spider and I can say hes very sweet I don't handle him too often and we have had a few problems when he got out however he did a bit of looking around and I put him back in his cage (I have cats who would find it fun to play with him) so for his safety he is kept in a terrarium I bright him flies and small moths so far I have seen that they act kinda like cast stalking their prey and pouncing on it also if it doesn't move he isn't interested they make a good pet if you want something to look at but not have too too much of a hassle to care for since well you can find them in the backyard and return them to the backyard if need be. I have found that researching spiders is good knowledge to know and also a bit fun so thank you for the article

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      GeckoGirl314 

      2 years ago

      I agree with heatherbrown16. I've been scared of spiders my whole life, but now I see I shouldn't be so afraid.

      My only worry is black widows... I still think the spider that I saw behind my desk today was one.

      -Sarah Ranlett, age 11

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      heatherbrown16 

      2 years ago

      Haha the author presented the info in a way that was not scary. I've been a complete arachnophob my entire life but this article helped me see the good in spiders. They really do get a horrid rap. He was also humorous. On purpose I don't know, but I lol'd. Also, about his quote regarding the recluse: "Perhaps the only foolproof way of identifying these tricky arachnids is to count their eyes." Good to know. The first thing I shall do next time I believe I may have encountered a brown recluse is get real up close and personal to count the eyes.

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      kenan oscar 

      2 years ago

      are there any small toxic brown spiders?

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      Linda Hane 

      2 years ago

      what kind of thing would come walking down the sidewalk near a warm BBQ pit, about 8" wide, hidden legs or I couldn't see them, and looks sort of segmented- looks kind like a giant snail but no tentacles, somewhat waddles, moves slowly, is it a worm, or what?

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      X anon 

      2 years ago

      Well, my fear of spiders is pretty much maxed out already. It's the way they appear so intelligent, but are so dang tiny. If one ever yells help me, I'll certainly lose my mind.

      I've found that the sticky boxes are really helpful at catching them, amongst other insects. We keep sticky boxes in corners and cracks. They need replaced now and then since dust nullfies their sticky power, but that typically takes years even in the most dusty areas in basements and garage. Interestingly enough in the context of this article, I've never seen a jumping spider get outsmarted by a sticky box, but I certainly have caught hobos, browns, and a few blacks. Sometimes I just find their two front legs, but that's good enough for me. Casualties might include rollie polies, but I've never accidentally snared a mantis or a ladybug. In the interest of removing all chemicals from our household, we have turned to sticky traps and never use pesticides anymore. Thanks for presenting a great article.

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      X anon 

      2 years ago

      Well, my fear of spiders is pretty much maxed out already. It's the way they appear so intelligent, but are so dang tiny. If one ever yells help me, I'll certainly lose my mind.

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      Judy Doolittle 

      2 years ago

      Hello, you have been so helpful. I have a group on facebook called

      "WHERE ARE YOU" I do searches for members who want to find a family member or a friend who they lost contact with through the years. I been doing searches in the United States for 5 years now. Once in awhile a member will ask me a question other than a search like for instance what does a brown recluse look like. I was originally looking up a spider that I seen on a bush that had weaved the round perfect web. It looked like it had a hard shell crab back. And low and behold that is exactly what it is called a crab spider. If anyone would like to find someone I have a 95% success rate in finding people. Donations are accepted. From now on I can come here when a member has a question about something. https://www.facebook.com/groups/judydoolittle51/

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      MotherOf1 

      2 years ago

      Ok there's this big ass spider I seen run into my appt a yr ago, I trapped and killed, seen another crawl from under the wall moldings in my apt complex hallway i killed that. Now a year later I think I saw one out the corner of my eye running in my room from my chair to my dresser. I hate them!! My daughter is terrified of any bug. How do I know if I have it in my apt, as I'm sure they don't leave signs except webs. As I've never found any in here how can I find it to kill it? It doesn't look like any spider on this list but it's the biggest I've ever seen.

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      Chris Ranch 

      2 years ago

      I grew up terrified of spiders, then Gary Larson came out with a cartoon showing two spiders at the bottom of a children's slide having put a web across the slide. One says to the other "if this

      goes well, we'll dine tonight!"

      Nowadays I go out to feed the chickens in the morning and have

      to pass through several areas with strands of web. I recall the cartoon and laugh inside - and admire the spidey ambitions!

      I've come to appreciate the Spidys help in the outdoors and can

      confidently transport indoor spiders outside...unless they are

      too big...

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      Atrieux1000 

      2 years ago

      Hello Shaddie, So glad to have read your spider postings. I was recently bit by a brown recluse on my finger, totally in ignorance of what it was, UNTIL my entire left hand blew up literally like a balloon and the PAIN!!!! I have had spinal taps, 3 harrington-rod spinal fusions, 2 cervical fusions and two sons (Oh and 2 migranes) Put them ALL in a one-shot-culmination and you MIGHT be close! I also had a rather large blister on the finger,..STILL No Clue.Until I was spraying for mosquitos when about ten minutes later a dead spider slid down the tile behind my sink. I am familiar w/ spiders, DID have a Large house spider crawl up my leg-in bed-when I was six, so I have a phobia. Don't mind ANY other living thing..rats, snakes, lizards etc. Moving right along, I had gone to my Dr. AFTER going out into our garage & SCREAMING at the top of my lungs and sobbing my heart out,much to the distress of my boyfriend who {I assured him} could do nothing to help me with this excruciating pain. Dr.{Naturally} hadn't a clue what it was ,but gave me steroids of some kind. An hour later I was infinitely better, and later that evening I miraculously found the little B- Sturd in the flesh,{So to speak} My Question - now that I know from other posts that they in fact DO live in Florida, How do they produce off-spring? Also, can more than one live in the same house? Ours is a typical 2 bedroom,with large screen-room..Do you know?

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      Kasey 

      3 years ago

      I live in Maryland and I have now seen a large brown spider with strips 3x in my my house! It looks like the giant house spider but it jumps and I don't know if it's poisonous. I have a baby so I am freaking out.

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      Syrius Lee 

      3 years ago

      No *REAL* hobo spider has been proved until now...

      Most of people thinks that they have been bitten oernight by spider, but why an insect that doesn't feed on human would ever do that to a non-moving person, according to the fact that this species is peaceful...

      wtf

      I don't know what happens there, they have the EXACT SAME SPECIE

      (Eratigena agrestis) in Europe and it is totally inoffensive there...

      If you trust more in what is being said than the facts, you should try to put one (hobo sp.) on you thumb and gently squeeze it whit your index and see the reaction...

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      Emly 

      3 years ago

      Do u think a hobo spider can be in florida reading this cite i think i have iditified a nasty beast in my moms room

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      Frantic girl 

      3 years ago

      Hello, just the other night about 10:30pm I sat up on the sofa and practically had a heart attack seeing a bigger than normal spider on my cream carpet staring at me..I legged out of the door to get the hoover which does tend to kill them but after emptying the hoover funnel it was still alive! Clearly enjoying the dust the hoover had picked up..My eyes darted across the room all evening as I hate spiders and that is the second huge one in the last two weeks. Its is September now in the UK and chances are after our last overnight thunderstorm may have aroused them...I live in a bungalow so the downsides of being on the ground floor isn't great. woodlice are a pain too but aren't as icky as spiders. I found one in the kitchen sink after being away for a few days which I also gasped. I seriously hate how big they are but can't identify them as they're not the usually black ones we get but of a lighter colour. Glad you all dislike them too can't wait for the autumn to end as usually by November they're dead..like the wasps...!! Conkers tend to fend them off but didn't get any this year.

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      barbara 

      3 years ago

      I have two large spiders in the front of my house one on the right and one on the left .I never saw either of these before it looks something like the wolf,but there are four yellow lines on each side of its body ,they both have webs large ones. the other spider is mostly black. they are right at my front door , tried to get ride of them but they come right back. then today while cutting the grass I saw a snake that I never seen before. Are these creatures coming in from another country ?

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      emma 

      3 years ago

      i still dont know what spider is in my basement its yellow and black and its fairly big i call it claude

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