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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.

How to Get Rid of Wolf Spiders: Solutions 3 Step Process

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 Sylo. 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 Zenprox 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 JT Eaton Glue Boards if you know the spider is present but are unable to find them.

Browse our Wolf Spider control products below. For more information or questions regarding your order as well as helpful DIY pest control advice, give us a call, chat with us online or email us. We are always standing by and are happy to help.

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