Funnel Weave Spiders-Hobo

Pro Tip

Most spiders in the funnel-web spider family are harmless and/or only cause minor bite reactions. While the Hobo spider bite has often been cited in the past as dangerous, new evidence suggests it’s not as harmful as we once thought.

Hobo spider

The Hobo spider has a reputation of causing the most bites here in Central Oregon. However, there are also many other spiders in the area that bite humans. It’s also very uncommon to see the spider that bit them so the culprit can’t be properly identified.

The ability of a spider to bite is largely related to its size and the type of fangs it has. The Funnel Weave spider is closely related to the Hobo spider and it is also a very common spider in this area. Other creatures such as insects, ticks and mites can bite humans and cause redness, itching, swelling and other symptoms similar to a spider bite.

The bite reaction is caused by a human’s reaction to whatever was injected by either the spider or another animal. There have also been “bite”cases that were caused by pieces of nylon carpet imbedding in the skin of a person. These cases are commonly referred to as “mystery bites.” It is advisable to seek medical attention if you are experiencing a reaction to a “bite.” Secondary bacterial infections can result if you scratch the area.

Call Alpine Pest Management at 541-389-4942 if you have been bitten and would like to prevent another bite in the future.