The show I saw presented them as one of the most poisonest animals on earth that ejected some deadly neurotoxin.
I'm going to have to go looking now.....
I remember when my sister used to have a habit of smoking a cigarette before bed. She would allow herself one cigarette per day and always kept a box of Marlboro Red by her bedside. She would get comfortable in bed, grab the pack, have her smoke, then drift off to sleep.
She hated spiders with a passion. She was scared to death of them.
I was about ten years old at the time and capable of mischief. When she was at work I emptied her cigarette pack and spent the day hunting down spiders. When I had filled the box I returned the pack to its place on her bedstand.
That night she opened the cigarettes as usual and all these spiders came racing out, running across her chest and toward her head.
The screams not only woke my parents but the neighbors as well.
SEATTLE - A Seattle man is in serious condition in the hospital Friday after he was bitten by what relatives believe is a hobo spider. ...
As hobo spiders are noticeably absent from the premises of most buildings with large domestica colonies, yet are present in similar habitats where domestica has not established colonies, the domestic house spider can be exemplified as a competitor which can successfully prevent the invasion of hobo spiders by the principle of competitive exclusion. Domestic house spider colonization should be encouraged in rural areas within the North American range of the hobo spider; destroying domestica colonies with sprays, bug bombs etc. in such areas is extremely foolish, and is an open invitation for subsequent invasion by the hobo spider. from www.hobospider.org
Solution to getting rid of the hobo spiders: introduce other spiders (shudder). European domestic spider pushes hobos out and doesn't sting. but they are huge and creepy,too