Wolf Spider

Pest Status:

Name:

Lycosidae

Body:

hairy with brown, thick bodies and eight eyes

Colour:

brown

Wolf Spiders are memorable for their size and resemblance to tiny tarantulas but don’t worry too much about wolf spider bites. They’re only aggressive towards prey, preferring to stay out of sight for the most part.

Facts, Identification, and Control

Here’s what you need to know about this spider

Facts about Wolf Spiders
Here’s what you need to know.

Where Do They Live?

They don’t spin webs, so they live in places where they might have natural shelter. Debris piles, dense grass, and other common yard areas are all fair game.

What Do They Eat?

They hunt their prey without webs, pouncing on insects and sometimes even other spiders. They’re fast and ruthless.

How Did I Get Wolf Spiders?

Wolf Spiders often come inside to get away from extreme weather like cold. A house has plenty of hiding places for them.

Sometimes they come in chasing other prey, and once inside, they make a home. They prefer to stay out of sight.

How Serious Are Wolf Spider Problems?

You may want to handle any issue right away.

Problem #1

A wolf spider bite is only an issue if you’re a child or immunocompromised. It’s a low toxin and wolf spider bite symptoms typically include a red bite mark and some swelling.

Problem #2

Wolf spiders could make it difficult to enjoy certain parts of your outdoor area. Without clear spaces, they can be quite a surprise.

Problem #3

It’s hard to know if you’ve got spiders inside your home. They’re quiet and prefer to move around in the dark or underneath things and out of sight.

What Can I Do about [Pest Name]?

Keeping debris away from the house and handling brush can help a lot. Also, keep sticky traps around the house to identify if there’s a problem in the first place. You can also declutter to remove hiding places.

Signs of a Wolf Spider Infestation?

There aren’t many signs you have an infestation. Wolf spiders are solitary and prefer to remain hidden. When you clear your closets, keep an eye out for them to scatter. Also, watch the floorboards and under furniture to spot them.

Wolf Spider Prevention and Control tips

Here’s what to do.

Control tip #1

Cut tall grass and clear debris. Remove their hiding places outdoors.

Control tip #2

Seal doorways and windows to prevent access points. They sometimes get in through exploring.

Control tip #3

Call a professional to handle spraying for spiders and other insects. Remove their hiding places indoors.

Wolf Spider Professional Pest Control

It’s often best to have a professional deal with spiders. Typical poisons don’t always work with spiders because of their body type. A professional may have more luck.