Poisonous Hobo spiders on the rise in Hampton Roads

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by Philip Townsend, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 5:53 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Local pest experts say a certain type of poisonous spider is becoming more common in Hampton Roads -- the Hobo spider.

According to hobospider.com, Hobo spiders are brown and measure roughly 12 to 18 mm in length.  Their legs show no distinct rings and have short hairs.  Their abdomens have several chevron shaped markings.  Males are distinctively different from females in that they have two large palps that look like boxing gloves.

Similar to the Brown Recluse, the Hobo spider's bite can be fatal if not treated.

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Kevin Kordeck with A-Active Pest Control believes the possible increase is related to the amount of food available this summer.

"I would say there's a seasonal increase," Kordeck said.

The Hobo spider likes to hide, and the best chance of finding one is under something that hasn't been touched for a long time.

While their bite is poisonous, Kordeck says they likely won't come looking for you.

"The chances of you getting bitten are very slim. The majority of spider bites happen completely by surprise or when someone tries to handle the spider."

Kordeck says these types of spiders can also be a good thing.

"A lot of them feed on roaches, so if you don't like roaches then keep the spiders around."

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