Hobo Spider


Actual Size: 1 to 1¾” including legs

Characteristics: Brown with lighter-colored legs; has a dark stripe running down the body.

Legs: 8

Habitat: Typically builds webs near ground-level in places like retaining walls, landscaping features, and baseboards.


  • Although they were once thought to be toxic, they are not according to the CDC.
  • They rarely bite people, and bites are typically painless.
  • Has a habit of building webs along railroad tracks, hence their name.

Hobo Spiders in Memphis TN Metro Area

In Memphis TN Metro Area, it is not uncommon to come across a particular spider species known as the hobo spider. This spider earned its name due to its frequent presence near railroad tracks. Belonging to the funnel-web spider family, the hobo spider creates hiding spots in the form of funnel or tube-shaped structures using its silk. Although it can move swiftly, covering distances of up to three feet per second, the hobo spider is not adept at climbing surfaces.

Hobo Spider Habitat

The hobo spider is commonly found in various outdoor habitats, such as rock retaining walls, landscape rocks, cracks in soil or concrete, vegetation, areas near foundations, window wells, irrigation boxes, stacks of lumber, firewood, and bricks. When indoors, these spiders are often spotted scurrying along the floor or in proximity to ground level. While hobo spiders are not proficient climbers, occasionally they may be found in bathtubs and sinks. Although there have been observations of hobo spiders a few feet above floor level, most of them are seen traversing the floor or inhabiting webs situated close to the ground or vegetation.

Hobo Spider Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Hobo spiders have a low tendency to bite humans, and when they do, the bite is typically painless. It is now widely accepted that hobo spider bites do not cause tissue damage or necrosis (skin death). Unlike certain other spider species known to induce such effects, the venom of hobo spiders is not regarded as toxic to humans, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you suspect you have been bitten and have concerns about any skin reaction, it is advisable to seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis.

If you are dealing with hobo spiders, contact your local spider exterminators.