Hobo Spider

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Tegenaria agrestis

How to Identify an 

Hobo Spider

Correct identification of a hobo spider can be difficult and really requires a microscope to examine the reproductive structures of the spider. That being said here are some things to look for:

  • Adult hobo spider bodies are up to 3/8 of an inch long (longer if you include the legs)
  • Does not have two distinct stripes on cephalothorax – Hobo has more diffused pattern
  • No dark rings around the legs
  • Legs and cephalothorax are not shiny

You may not be able to know if a spider is a hobo for sure or not with these keys, but you can usually identify when a spider is not a hobo spider.

Where do they come from?

Hobo spiders can be found outside in grass, gardens, ornamental plants and trees, along foundations, log piles, under rocks and lawn ornaments, etc.

When indoors they can be found in tubs and sinks or running along the floor.  

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What do they look like?

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Where do they live?

Nocturnal, meaning they are awake at night


Tegenaria agrestis



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