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How To Control Wolf Spiders

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Spiders in the home are not fun to deal with especially when they’re larger than your tiny and typical house spider. One such spider that can strike fear into people when they enter a home is the Wolf Spider, also known as the hunter spider or ground spiders. Often confused to be tarantulas because their larger than usual size, this spider startles humans due to its hairy appearance and its ability to move very fast.

Wolf spiders are a hairy spider that ranges in size from  ¼ inch to over 2 inches. They are normally grayish to brownish but can also be black. There are over 100 species of wolf spider found in the United States alone and unlike most spiders, they don’t use webs. Instead, their habitat mainly consists of burrows in the ground.

Wolf Spiders usually enter homes either by accident or while in search of prey. Their diet mainly consists of smaller insects and when entering into a home they may seek shelter in small confined spaces such as under furniture and floorboards.

You wouldn’t want to come near a wolf spider as they tend to bite when alarmed. When they do bite they inject venom but it isn’t severe to humans and may only just be itchy and irritating and nothing more. If you happen to have a wolf spider that has invaded your home, not to worry. Solutions Pest and Lawn has everything you need to get rid of wolf spiders easily so you won’t have to reach for your broom.

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3 Steps to Getting Rid of Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders are usually a problem in the autumn and winter time. As temperatures start to drop, insects of all kinds, including the wolf spider are in search of warm shelter so they will seek out your home to stay out of the cold. You have to work to show them they are not welcome by implementing exclusion measures and laying out control products so they’ll know to keep away. Here are some simple steps we want to share with you if you want to carry out a control program for wolf spiders:


Step 1:
Start by cutting off access into your home by sealing cracks on the outside of the home and use screens on doors and windows. Do a scan around your home for possible entry and use caulk to fill those gaps. We suggest using Stuff-It Copper Mesh or Black Foam. Do this both inside and outside, taking away any places that wolf spiders can enter or hide. Use caulk where it makes sense and black foam where it is appropriate. Continue exclusion measures by making your outdoor area uninviting by clearing away any vegetation or debris on your yard. Replace light bulbs with yellow lights or frosted bulbs to deter insects from area.


Step 2:
Continue working from the outside in by treating your home exterior by laying out insecticide granules such as Bifen LP. 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 Reclaim IT. This should be applied on all your grass, mulch, flowers, bushes, etc. as well as the home’s siding. Make sure to spray up the siding as well between 5 to 10 feet since wolf spiders are known for crawling up walls and entering through the attic.


Step 3:
Indoors, we recommend using Reclaim IT  treating all your baseboards, around windows and doorways and Pyrid Aerosol for treating any other crack or crevices where you think wolf spiders might be entering or hiding. We also suggest setting some glue traps like Catchmaster 72 MB if you know the spider is present but are unable to find them.


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More Facts About The Wolf Spider

What separates the wolf spider from most other spiders is that wolf spiders are not avid users of webs for capturing pray. Instead they are known for being a methodical and calculated hunter, moving quickly to chase down their meal. This skill is exactly the reason why wolf spiders are aptly named after the wolves who roam the woods.

While wolf spiders possess the ability to both climb and swim, for the most part, wolf spiders like staying close to the ground, preferring to live underground tunnels, open fields with lots of grass and under yard debris and leaf litter. Also, much like the wildlife wolf, wolf spiders can patiently lie in wait for insects, small lizards and even smaller spiders. At the right opportunity, they will pounce, chasing down prey in rapid fashion, going full throttle at about two feet per second.


There are over 125 different species of wolf spiders found in the United States, ranging from a quarter of an inch to as large as over an inch long. Wolf spiders are usually colored a bright brown with black markings and are very hairy. Wolf spiders also have the features of appendages on the front of their body that they use to snatch their targeted prey. The wolf spider can be a scary creature to encounter. Usually the most important thing homeowners want to know about any spider intrusion is, do they bite? Wolf spiders also do bite which can be quite painful but thankfully the wolf spider venom is not poisonous nor overly harmful or life-threatening.


Wolf Spider Development

As creepy as the wolf spider looks and has menacing has it acts when it is looking for food, in contrast, they can be very nurturing to their offspring. While most spiders leave an egg sac to develop, wolf spiders carry their eggs in a bag-like pouch made from silk on their abdomen. Once the eggs have hatched, the female wolf spider will carry dozens of baby spiders on her back until they are old enough to fend for themselves.


Like other spiders, the wolf spider are a beneficial part of the ecosystem via keeping the insect populations in check with its prodigious appetite. However, despite this benefit, most homeowners would consider startling spider and the threat of its bites as an unwanted guest around the garden or when they find themselves indoors.


If wolf spiders have been making their presences felt in or around your home, treatment with pesticides is an option as well as trapping some with the help of glue boards. Learn how to get rid of spiders with the help of our wolf spider control products on this page.


Wolf Spider FAQ

Is a wolf spider poisonous to humans?

No, wolf spiders are not poisonous to humans, but they are venomous. It is important to note that venomous is not synonymous with poisonous.Just like every other spider, wolf spiders also have fangs which can inject venom and some large species can give you quite a painful bite. Notice that the word used is venom, not poison.

Poisonous animals usual transfer their poison from one organism into the other through ingestion. This means you have to eat them to be poisoned. If you eat a wolf spider, likely nothing will happen to you, which makes them not poisonous. Venom on the other hand is transferred from one organism to another via a special delivery system, often their teeth. You don't have to worry about the venom however as it is not dangerous to most humans.


What are the side effects of a wolf spider bite?

A wolf spider bite can cause some local swelling and redness of the skin. Sometimes it can also cause itching and burning and in very rare cases a wolf spider bite can also cause vomiting and headaches. However the majority of the time there is no special treatment necessary after being bitten by a wolf spider.


What do you do if you get bit by a wolf spider?

If you are suffering from a wolf spider bite, not to worry because it shouldn't be serious. You may experience swelling in the area where the bite occurs so it'd be wise to apply an ice pack to keep inflammation down and wash with water to keep the area clean and prevent infection. Itching creams can be used if it's really itchy and you can use over the counter pain medication if the bite is bothering you. After about 10 days of less, the pain and swelling should subside or totally disappear. In rare cases where you are allergic and suffer from more serious symptoms such as nausea and headaches or trouble breathing, a doctor should be consulted.

Are wolf spiders good for anything?

Spiders are actually a valuable part of the ecosystem. They help keep the insect population in chech. If there were no wolf spiders there'd be a lot more pesky flies, ants and other small bugs around. This is especially helpful in agricultural settings as wolf spiders readily eat pests which damage crops.


Additional Educational Resources

Wolf Spiders: Info on Removal, Bites, & Extermination - PestWorld.org

 

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