The wolf spider is an imposing figure in the spider community. These large and hairy spiders, measuring around 1-2 inches long, have gained a worldwide presence. Their brown or black bodies, coupled with a distinctive, 'wolf-like' appearance, are easily recognizable, making wolf spider identification quite straightforward.
Wolf spiders are also known for being incredibly fast, reaching upwards of 10mph at full speed. Wolf spiders are also exceptionally good at jumping, capable of jumping 10 times their own body length.
Wolf spiders are the lone wolves (I hate how convenient this pun is) of the spider world, leading solitary lives without weaving webs. As nocturnal creatures, they prowl the night, hunting down a variety of insects such as crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, and even other spiders. Though their bite is venomous, it is usually non-fatal to humans but can be quite painful.
You’ve probably seen the iconic image of a wolf-spider carrying her young on her back, this is a common wolf spider behavior. These hatchlings usually stay with their mother for a few weeks before going off on their own.
Wolf spiders are impressive when it comes to their adaptability. From forests and grasslands to our very own homes, they can thrive in an array of habitats as they move around in the cover of darkness. They have a preference for warm, humid climates, which make your garden or yard a potential wolf spider habitat.
Although wolf spiders are not deemed a serious health threat, their presence can be rather disconcerting. Their bites and the somewhat eerie appearance might earn them the label of a pest. Additionally, their presence can indicate a larger pest issue, suggesting an infestation of the insects they prey on.
Fortunately, wolf spiders aren’t generally harmful to humans and they’re great at controlling pest populations of other more nuisance insects.
How can I get rid of wolf spiders?
If you find yourself hosting wolf spiders, here is a good eviction strategy:
Seal any cracks and holes
Use insecticidal sprays or powders
For major infestations, enlist the help of a professional pest control company
How do wolf spiders get into my home?
Wolf spiders can sneak into our homes via cracks, holes in the foundation, open windows, doors, and even hitch a ride on firewood. Given that they are fast, they may also sneak right in when you open the door to enter and exit.
They are attracted to dark, quiet places, making night-time their prime time for a house invasion.
How do I identify a wolf spider?
Think of a large, hairy spider with a distinctive 'wolf-like' appearance and a brown or black body. Measuring about 1-2 inches, wolf spiders are quite unique.
What are the different types of spiders?
The world is home to over 45,000 diverse spider species, found in nearly every environment. Common types include the harmless house spider, typically small and brown, the larger garden spider with a unique zigzag web, and the impressive tarantula, found in tropical regions. Though tarantulas can bite if threatened, they are generally not dangerous to humans.
Are spiders dangerous?
Spiders are generally not harmful to humans, but a few species like the black widow, brown recluse, and - the world’s most venomous: Sydney funnel-web spider (native to Australia) can deliver bites that may lead to serious illness. Despite their scary reputation, most spiders are harmless and can even be beneficial by controlling pest populations.
If your home or business becomes an unintentional wolf spider habitat, it's time to bring in pest control professionals. With their specialized knowledge and skills, they can help manage your wolf spider problem quickly and effectively.
As for wolf spider prevention, consider these tips:
Maintain cleanliness and minimize clutter.
Avoid leaving firewood or other debris near your home.
Regularly inspect your home for signs of wolf spiders and their common prey.