A test has shown that a hobo spider bite can hurt you substantially. These spiders can cause some of the biggest spider bites ever seen.
What is it?
The hobo spider is a type of funnel web spider oftentimes mistaken for a brown recluse due to their similarities in appearance. They’re very aggressive, willing to charge at you fearlessly despite its biggest adversaries. Their fangs are capable of piercing your skin and deliver a toxin that causes necrotic lesions on your skin.
Where is it located?
The hobo spider is native to Europe, although it can also be found in the northwestern region of the United States ever since it was introduced in the early 1900s. Like the black widow and wolf spider, they dwell in dark spaces of homes and offices and thrive in humid conditions and less-frequented areas of households where they’ve been known to cause heavy infestations. Hobo spider identification is difficult because they’re oftentimes mistaken for a brown recluse.
How will it kill you?
A bite from a hobo spider first appears similarly to that of a mosquito bite. But after 24 hours it begins to blister and break open, leaving an oozing ulceration. This can take a few months to heal. If left untreated, the toxin works its way into your system causing headaches, nausea & vomiting, and flu-like symptoms. It can then lead to skin necrosis, bone marrow failure, and eventual death.
How to survive:
About 50% of hobo spider bites are dry, meaning no venom is injected with the bite. But venomous bites not treated early enough may require skin graft and even amputation. If you’ve been bit and you suspect the toxin has been injected into your system, head to a hospital or your nearest poison control center immediately in order to seek treatment by being administered the proper antivenom for your bite.