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Old 08-03-2009, 01:19 PM   #1
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Had a visitor last night.
This thing was 3-3.5 inches across (leg to leg).
Brown. Not fuzzy or furry. Rather clean looking. Round abdomen.
Met its maker before I could get a photo.

What type of spider gets this big in Oregon?

I keep hearing Hobo. I think it was too large for a Hobo.

Any ideas?

PS it was not a tyrantula. I really wish I had a photo to help.

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Old 08-03-2009, 01:27 PM   #2
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Did it look like this???
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:28 PM   #3
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thin legs or thick, any pattern on the body?
Probably a long leg species. there are other harmless types with small bodies and very long legs too. we have these at the beach, they love to kill flies. I would not worry about it being dangerous.
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:35 PM   #4
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Look up giant house spider...they sometimes are mistaken for hobo or fiddleback or whatever. If the giant...they look bad but they aren't...or so I'm told!
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:14 PM   #5
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European House Spider - or it looks just like all the ones we have - big fast and will chase you. Like Msoutdoors said - often mistaken for the Hobo, but too big. We took one of ours to the Zoo - they said it was a very large one and wanted to keep it. Showed us how to tell the difference - neat day for the kids.
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Nope.

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Did it look like this???
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Wolf spider,I get them in the sink now and again.Scare the living crap outa me.
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90% confident it would be a european house spider. Wolf spider is a possibility, but pretty fast, tough to kill.
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thats too big for anything but a tarantula in oregon, u might have over estimated its size a bit....hobos can get 2-2.5 across, more than likely thats what it was. There are 3 species of house spiders, hobos being only one of them, there is also the Giant House Spider and European House Spider, both of which can get as big or bigger than a Hobo (Agressive House Spider). Need any more info, let me know, im a pest control specialist
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:51 PM   #11
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Types of Spiders Take your pick. If you ever find one again...put a glass or glass jar of any kind (that has a lid) over it, slip a 3x5 card or something similar under the jar, tip it right side up, put the lid on it (BEFORE you kill it..lol). If you live near a OSU Extension Office...you can take it to them and they will identify it for you.
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:46 PM   #12
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A few years ago I killed a half-dozen or so very large spiders, either Hobos or aggressive house spiders during this time of year inside my house. Must have easily had diameters of 2 to 2.5 in. maybe more. I think they were getting in around a window AC unit. One even dropped out of my towel when I went to dry myself off in the shower. I did not, I repeat, I did not scream....
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Old 08-03-2009, 07:15 PM   #13
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Sounds like a female Wolf Spider. I saw one at a house I was inspecting the other day that was just about to pop, it was about 3" across. I didn't think to take a picture.
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A few years ago I killed a half-dozen or so very large spiders, either Hobos or aggressive house spiders during this time of year inside my house. Must have easily had diameters of 2 to 2.5 in. maybe more. I think they were getting in around a window AC unit. One even dropped out of my towel when I went to dry myself off in the shower. I did not, I repeat, I did not scream....
If a man is alone in the shower, can you hear him scream??? lol
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:29 PM   #15
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Might have been a house spider they can get pretty big
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I don't know why I looked at this thread. I FREAKIN' HATE SPIDERS!
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I don't know why I looked at this thread. I FREAKIN' HATE SPIDERS!

How about those big fat ones that hang across the trails when you are out hunting. You know, the ones you don't really see until it's too late....
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:28 AM   #18
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Like these? The longer legged ones are male Aggressive House Spiders, and the short legged fat units are the females.

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And they have some pretty knarly fangs.

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Old 08-04-2009, 09:46 AM   #19
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thos were just lil guys, dont worry till u start seeing em as big as a cd


no joke!!!

i made my wife kill one when i was hiding in the kitchen thinkin of loading up the .300, had legs hanging 2 inches over the swiffer wet sweep on both sides ton n bottom not left to right

after seeing 2 smaller ones and then that hog! that would surley cover my daughters whole face we moved out! havent seen one since.

there is a season when they are mating and they will flock to the insides of your house to do so.

kill em all!
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:49 AM   #20
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thats too big for anything but a tarantula in oregon, u might have over estimated its size a bit....hobos can get 2-2.5 across, more than likely thats what it was. There are 3 species of house spiders, hobos being only one of them, there is also the Giant House Spider and European House Spider, both of which can get as big or bigger than a Hobo (Agressive House Spider). Need any more info, let me know, im a pest control specialist

read my post what kinda spider did i see? i was bigger than a cd when mounted on the wall above our door stretched out it's legs woulda been near a small frisbie. brown with lil bit of hair and big fangs or sex glands whatever the thing was huge, ive heard from people that look under houses say they believe me. im not exagerating at all mabey it was even bigger, small bodied but a big span, like the biggest daddy long leg u ever seen with the mass of a hobo spider.??? must been a giant european house spider on steroids?
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:24 AM   #21
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Oh no! First baseball, now the spiders are on the 'roids.
Geez.
My spider was a babby compared to yours Ling.
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read my post what kinda spider did i see? i was bigger than a cd when mounted on the wall above our door stretched out it's legs woulda been near a small frisbie. brown with lil bit of hair and big fangs or sex glands whatever the thing was huge, ive heard from people that look under houses say they believe me. im not exagerating at all mabey it was even bigger, small bodied but a big span, like the biggest daddy long leg u ever seen with the mass of a hobo spider.??? must been a giant european house spider on steroids?

I would guess that was a wolf spider, with the hair and all...nasty buggers, fast and mean...they're bite won't kill ya, but it hurts and a big bite may take more than a month to heal!!!
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Like these? The longer legged ones are male Aggressive House Spiders, and the short legged fat units are the females.

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And they have some pretty knarly fangs.

Right on the money here! We use to have these hogs in our old house years ago. Had an exterminator come out and identify them with this chart he had in his rig. Those freaking things were aggressive just like their name and roid-like-huge man. Kill that sucka!
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:48 PM   #24
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Oh no! First baseball, now the spiders are on the 'roids.
Geez.
My spider was a babby compared to yours Ling.

lol, i've alwasy heard of big spider story's and kind hinced at some of the stories i've heard till i found that son of a gun in my house! many smaller ones about the size of a pringle lid, but after 3 huge ones and that big daddy i'll never forget the moment my wife looked at me n said omg... i thought someone was breaking in by the look on her face till she grabed my shirt and pulled me back away form the wall, shoulda took some pics
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Old 08-05-2009, 05:59 PM   #25
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Just had the biggest spider I've ever seen, walking across the kitchen counter. I swear you could hear it walking. It ended up under something so hubby just killed it (with a gun..lol). That thing was probably 3-4 inches at least. I'm thinking I don't care if they don't kill, I don't want to wake up with one of em crawling on me.

I have heard, tho, that the house spiders are good in that they kill Hobos. (if you're brave enough to tolerate them...yuck).
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Did it look like this one? Or did you not get this close...
This guy was in my driveway back in April.

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Old 08-05-2009, 06:29 PM   #27
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No..I didn't get that close. I reached for the camera but I guess it was camera-shy and went under an object before I could get the pic. Actually, it didn't have those reddish legs...just a lotta legs...LONG legs.

(PS...I love the "spiders on steroids" line...)
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:09 PM   #28
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This thread just about wraps up my night of Ifish! Me feet are up off the carpet, and im thinking of the spider i found a few months ago! Easily 4 inch leg span with a quarter size body! Made the gf kill it as i jumped on the kitchen counter!
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Like these? The longer legged ones are male Aggressive House Spiders, and the short legged fat units are the females.

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And they have some pretty knarly fangs.

Long legs and aggressive = male. Short legged and fat = female. Hmmmmm. I thought we were talking about spiders.
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Long legs and aggressive = male. Short legged and fat = female. Hmmmmm. I thought we were talking about spiders.

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Back east we have those big wolf spiders, big as a small tarantula. We had to shoot them with a BB gun to kill them, they are just too fast to swat at. One fell off the eave of my Grandma's house. Sounded like a tennis ball hitting the porch. It scurried so fast all I saw was what I thought was a brown bird go right up my Grandma's dress as she was sitting, no, skyrocketing- about ten feet in the air. She knew what it was and let out a shreak that would have called in a 400 class elk. I was laughing until it fell out of her dress and it scrambled toward me. Then I joined the gymnastic team and did my best Nadia Comanich (sic) on the balance beam to get out of its path. My Grandma took a three hour bath after that. Must have took twenty years off her life though she lived to be 86.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:32 AM   #32
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Ugh, spiders.

Yesterday I felt something cold and had a white one fall out of my glove...while my hand was still in it Another one chased me out of the bathroom last night - he wasn't so tough (but quick) when I came back with a shoe.

I HATE SPIDERS!!!!!!!!!

Signed: the long legged and plump female - LOL
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_house_spider

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Old 08-08-2009, 06:33 AM   #34
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I do Home Inspections and I can not identify one either.

Many years ago I got a bite on my left front neck, it got bigger and bigger to where it was about the size of an egg. I finnaly got it to open up and a big glob came out kind of like a almost fully cooked hard boiled egg. Got that picture in you mind

Then I had this big hole in my neck that looked like a hole from a 45cal I put some gel on it for about a month and still have a 1" scar from it. So I hate spiders but have to deal with them every day. When I go into a crawl space I always have to say to myself, I LOVE MY JOB 3 times and go in
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