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Old 02-21-2007, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Libby
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I'm in Libby (about 90 miles west of Kalispell) and yes, there are Hobo Spiders in this area. I have never personally dealt with any, but I've heard they are around.

Most of the spiders I see are the "catface" spiders. They are "good" spiders They mostly live under the eaves of barns, houses and shops where light is prevelant as they eat insects. They look VERY scary...but they are good to keep around! I usually have 3 or 4 around my house during the summer months and they are usually named

I don't think the spiders are nearly as dangerous as the politicians
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Old 02-21-2007, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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Just out of curiosity I found a photo of one of these little fellas. I hope I never see one in person.
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Old 02-21-2007, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Cody WY Off Of Belfry Hwy
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Just out of curiosity I found a photo of one of these little fellas. I hope I never see one in person.

Brown Recluse? Very common here in So Cal
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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Brown Recluse?
I did a google search for images looking for hobo spiders and this is one that came up. It does look like a brown recluse but so did the other photos. I wonder if hobo spiders is just another term for the same critter.
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Cody WY Off Of Belfry Hwy
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OK I also found pics of each. They are not the same, although very similar in symptom and appearance. I don't plan to get close enough to tell the difference, because if I see one, it's gorna die.
Hobo Spider
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v445/johnyjeep/hobospider.jpg (broken link)

Brown Recluse
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v445/johnyjeep/brownrecluse.jpg (broken link)

I bet all the girls are just getting the Heebee Jeebees right now
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:28 AM
 
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I found this thread as I was searching for Montana spider info. We just left Spokane and a whole bunch of hobo spiders. They are BAD news. They creep into houses and are very aggressive. I am pretty accustomed to spiders but when I saw a giant one in our Spokane house I actually screamed. It was SO big! As we moved out more came from the nooks and crannies of our basement. BLEH! Gives me the heeby geebies for sure. One way to identify hobos are the solid legs. Some other look alikes have banded legs.
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:59 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Hobo spiders are often mistaken for the brown recluse. Brown recluse do not live in the northwestern U.S. The hobo spiders in our area (Hot Springs) mostly dig a ground burrow and spins a funnel web at the entrance. They have a nasty flesh eating bite. Very few people get bit however, I have never been bitten and I have thousands of them in my yard. They help me get rid of yellow jackets and grasshoppers.
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Old 08-15-2007, 10:43 PM
 
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They creep into houses and are very aggressive. I am pretty accustomed to spiders but when I saw a giant one in our Spokane house I actually screamed. It was SO big!
They've been known to carry off small children and/or pets. See them in the house on occasion, and usually they're running away. Check yer shoes.
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:49 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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They really start moving indoors when the nights start to get chilly. Besides checking shoes it's good to check your bed for these guys before climbing in at night. If you're in the habit of tossing clothes on the floor and then putting them back on the next day you might just get a spider bite.
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Old 08-17-2007, 06:55 PM
 
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They've been known to carry off small children and/or pets. See them in the house on occasion, and usually they're running away. Check yer shoes.
Ha!

I ALWAYS shake my shoes out and the same with clothes that have been sitting. Just never know.
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