Hobo spiders predominantly reside in the
Pacific Northwest which includes states such as
Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. As of recently,
there doesn’t seem to be much evidence to suggest
Hobo spiders have migrated down past northern
California, so it would be unlikely to find a Hobo
spider in Santa Barbara. A Black Widow spider is
more common in this area, but the symptoms of such
a bite differ from that of a Hobo spider bite.
Black Widow venom is neurotoxic, suggesting
feelings of pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue;
Hobo venom is necrotic, suggesting skin ulcers and
Nevertheless, if you feel you’ve been bitten
by a venomous spider or other organism, it is best
to call California Poison Control at
1-800-222-1222 and seek professional medical
advice immediately from a physician or
toxicologist. If you find the culprit, attempt to
safely capture it for identification.
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