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How To Get Rid of Wolf Spiders

Spiders are scary enough even when they are completely harmless and small. You can only imagine the kind of a reaction a wolf spider can draw out of people with its venomous sting and extremely hideous looks. Despite being very common in most parts of the world, no amount of contact with the wolf spider can make it appear any less terrifying. The second you see it, you need to get rid of it, there’s no way around it. Fortunately, wolf spiders are solitary insects and look for prey alone. This means if you catch sight of one crawling on your bed, chances are, it is the only one. In order to sleep easy at night, get rid of the spider right then and there.

But before you try to set on the mission to get rid of wolf spiders, you might want to know a little more about them.

Wolf Spiders: What do they look like?
Creepy is one word to define the looks of wolf spiders, followed by menacing and horrible. These spiders are dark brown, grey and black in color. They are ground spiders, which means they do not weave webs and move much more quickly across the floor than recluse spiders. They bite when disturbed, which means if you are sleeping at night and happened to shuffle around, the spider will bite you if you have disturbed it in the progress. Not exactly comforting which is why you need to learn to identify the wolf spiders so you can get rid of it, the moment you see them.

Identifying Wolf Spiders:

Here are some of the distinctive features that will help you identify the presence of an ‘accidental invader’ – the wolf spider in your home:

  • It has a lighter stripe running through it from the head.

  • The legs are stocky and hairy

  • The eyes of wolf spiders are arranged in three rows. The above row has two medium- sized eyes whereas the bottom row has a set of four smaller eyes. The middle row has the largest pair of two eyes.

  • The size of wolf spiders ranges from ¼ inches to 2 inches

  • The female wolf spider carries her eggs on her back in egg sacs

  • It has the ability to camouflage itself and can change colors according to its surroundings -- usually turns mottled gray or brown.

  • These spiders are most commonly found in gardens, in the house or outside, grassy fields and in places where the insect population is high.

The bite of Wolf Spiders:

As already mentioned, wolf spiders are venomous and hence their bite is not something to take lightly. While the venom is not fatal, the bite sure is painful. After getting bitten by a wolf spider, the skin begins to tear up followed by puffiness and red swelling. The bitten area may also blacken or get darker and the pain continues for more than a week.

Exonerating Wolf Spiders:

In neither ways a wolf spider is welcome nor wanted at home. As soon as you catch sight of one roaming around your house, take matters into your own hands and get to work.

  1. Sticky Glue Traps:

There are many ways to make a sticky glue trap. You can either make it using everyday ingredients or you can make one with a cardboard and gorilla tape. Going with the latter option cut a cardboard piece large enough to trap a spider and then cover it with gorilla tapes. Place these traps outside the holes and openings where you have seen the spider going in and out and wait. In time, you’ll catch the spider.

If you don’t want to make your own, you can always purchase a glue trap such as the Trapper Max-Free Glue Trap. We also have other effective and affordable glue trap options at Solutions Pest & Lawn.

  1. Lemon juice:

Spiders despise lemon juice. If you want the spider to run off and stay away from your home then wipe all the possible surfaces with lemon juice. Make sure to spread it on the window sills and places they are most likely to enter. Since spiders can taste both, from their feet and mouth, they’ll avoid these surfaces like a plague.

  1. Diatomaceous Earth:

If the wolf spider has been wandering around in your yard then treat the issue by sprinkling some Diatomaceous earth. It has a way of penetrating through the spider’s body and killing it almost immediately.  Solutions Pest & Lawn carries a great diatomaceous earth based product which can work quite well called Alpine Dust Insecticide

  1. Seal the Cracks and Holes:

Finding out the entry point of the wolf spider is important. Most times, they come through the tiny holes and cracks in the outer wall. To stop this at once, seal these wall openings once and for all using caulk. Also, inspect all your doors and windows to seal off any opening that might let a wolf spider in.

  1. Turn the Vacuum on:

Vacuum helps with prevention as well as getting rid of the wolf spiders. Vacuum with strong suctioning power can help pick off dead spiders and its eggs. Moreover, vacuuming your house daily keeps the leftover food items and crumbs to the minimum and would not draw any attention for the insects, which in turn draws attention of the wolf spiders.

  1. Use High Quality Insecticides From Solutions

If all else fails, use what the pros use, high quality professional grade pest control insecticides. When it comes to wolf spiders, it’s best to work from the outside and go in. Starting outside, lay out an insecticide granule such as Bifen LP Granules.  Using a granule spreader, scatter granules around on your lawn, flower beds and mulch areas and then activate the granules by spraying an insecticide like Sylo Insecticide.

You can also do a perimeter barrier treatment using Reclaim IT Insecticide. Apply this product on all your baseboards, around windows and doorways. This will either kill the spider or cause them to leave your home for fear of death.

Preventing the Wolf Spiders from entering your home:

As they say, prevention is better than cure, and it always is which is why you need to take some steps in order to make sure that the wolf spiders do not invade your home in the first place.  

Here are some things you can do:

  • Get rid of all sorts of clutter. Furniture, cardboard boxes, debris and the likes should never stay in the house for long or be prepared to welcome a horde of wolf spiders.

  • If a certain part of your house is a famous spot for the wolf spiders then clean it after every few days and sprinkle boric powder. This residual insecticide kills the spiders effectively.

  • If any part of your garden or yard is dark and barely gets the sun, then you might want to change that. Wolf spiders are fans of dark spaces and like to hide there.

With proper attention to cleanliness, and right tricks up your sleeves, keeping wolf spiders out of your home shouldn’t be a problem at all.

For more helpful DIY pest control advice you can always reach out to us via phone at 800-479-6583 or send us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com

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