What To Know
The wolf spider is so-named for its quickness when attacking prey. They are large and hairy (up to 2 inches in length) and sometimes mistaken for tarantulas or brown recluse spiders. In our region they tend to be brown in color but can also be black or greyish. Some have colored makings along their bodies. Wolf spiders do not build webs so they have shorter legs than web-building spiders.
Wolf spiders prefer living in prairie areas but can be found in a wide variety of habitats from forests to dry shrub areas, suburban gardens – even sand dunes. Since they don’t spin webs they live in burrows instead that can be found open or closed with a silken door, small pebbles, or twigs to protect against the elements. Wolf spiders favor dark, protected areas.
The female wolf spider can lay 100 or more eggs that are encased in a silk sac that she carries with her until they hatch. After birth, these spiderlings continue to hang onto her body for several weeks while they mature and then disperse afterward. These spiderlings are able to travel great distances and cover large regions. Like the black widow, sometimes the female wolf spider kills the male directly after mating.
When fall hits, wolf spiders move inside for warmth and food through cracks underneath doorways and around windows. Known to jump, they can also be carried in on people unnoticed. They can be found near windows and doors, inside garages, attics, basements, and houseplants.
Known as excellent hunters, most wolf spiders are nocturnal preying on insects and smaller spiders. Wolf spiders don’t usually bite humans or pets unless threatened or provoked. Their bites are painful but aren’t medically harmful to most adults.
Although beneficial in keeping insect populations down both indoors and out, and not usually known to be physically harmful to humans, wolf spiders are quick movers capable of traveling relatively large distances and can infest outdoor areas and invade a house or structure.
What To Look For
- Actual sightings of scurrying wolf spiders
- Protected, dark and cool areas
What To Do
Call the professionals @ My Pest Control: (303) 343-1701