The hobo spider (Tegenaria agrestis) is a member of the genus of spiders known colloquially as funnel web spiders. It is one of a small number of spiders in North America whose bites are generally considered to be medically significant. Individuals construct a funnel-shaped structure of silk sheeting and lie in wait at the small end of the funnel for prey insects to blunder onto their webs. Hobo spiders sometimes build their webs in or around human habitations. Although this species of spider has a reputation for aggressiveness, they will normally avoid contact with humans. Most bites occur when the spider is accidentally crushed or squeezed by a human. The spider's venom is strong enough to cause considerable local pain.
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The adult hobo spider is a moderately large (12-18mm body length) brown spider, with long, unmarked legs (legs included, a typical specimen would fit nicely on a silver dollar). The dorsal abdomen exhibits a "herringbone" or multiple chevron pattern, which may be quite obscure in darker individuals. The male sports two pedipalps (antennae like protuberances) between the two front legs, which are swollen at the ends, looking somewhat like a pair of boxing gloves; these "boxing gloves" are actually the male genitalia, not "fangs" or "poison sacs". The female generally has a larger abdomen than the male, and does not have swollen "boxing gloves" at the ends of the pedipalps.
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Chuck Sullivan's method of application and choice of products is safe for your family and pets but eliminates the bug problems.
We use synthetic pyrethroids, a botanical-based material derived from chrysanthemum flowers that works in the same way as our own pharmaceutical products, which are simply designed to speed up the body's metabolism. The formula applied to insects, being on a much smaller scale, will result in their metabolism increasing to the point of extermination.
You might call it... 'Bug-Speed'. To put it in perspective, for example, flea control products are made from synthetic pyrethroids and are designed to be placed directly on the pet's skin. The dog or cat is too large to be affected by the material, but is destructive to the much smaller flea.
Therefore, when applied by a trained exterminator, pyrethroids are safe for human and pet health as well as the environment as they are used in very small doses and often diluted in water or oil. The formula breaks down in the environment, heat and sunlight speeding this process.
Chuck Sullivan Exterminators provides an All Pest Service Guarantee so you won't have to worry about spiders in your home or commercial building after treatment has been applied.
Hobo Spiders are INCLUDED in the All Pest Service guarantee.
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