Hobo Spider is just one name for a common domestic spider, also called the aggressive house spider. In general, they fall in the category of funnel spiders.
Hobo Spiders are also called aggressive house spiders for good reason. They will bite. The bite from a hobo spider will cause the bitten area to become infected and the victim will likely be left with an open wound. If you are bitten by a hobo spider, seek treatment as soon as possible.
You will know a hobo spider has taken up residence in your yard or home if you see its telltale web. This web is like a large mat that that leads to a funnel at the back. This funnel is where the spider sits and waits for its next victim to become ensnared in the web.
Prevention is the best remedy for keeping hobo spiders at bay. To keep hobo spiders out of your home, eliminate their food source by making sure you do not have other insects in your home for the spider to prey on.
Clean, clean, clean. Hobo spiders will make a web between debris found in your home so be sure to keep it neat and tidy.
If you know you already have hobo spiders in your house you can eliminate them with a pesticide. There are many safe and natural pesticides on the market that are perfect for use in the home. EcoSMART makes products which are so safe, some of them are exempt from EPA regulation.
Dust is the most effective form of pesticide for hobo spiders. Because spiders do not groom themselves like many insects do, they will not actually ingest the dust through grooming. You will have to coat the area where you have seen the spiders living with more dust than normal to be sure the spider will be covered in enough of it to simply absorb it through its skin.
An ounce of prevention and a good dusting will keep these aggressive spiders out of your home.