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Wolf Spiders

What do wolf spiders look like?

Wolf spiders are black or dark brown in color and have cream, gray, or yellow colored markings. They can grow to between ¼ and 1 3/8th of an inch in length. Adults have a “stocky” body that is covered in hair and they have 8 long spiny legs that allow them to run very quickly after their prey. The 8 eyes of the wolf spider are uniquely placed in 3 rows- four small eyes on the bottom row, two large eyes in the middle row, and two medium eyes on the top row.

a wolf spider in a house in greenville south carolina

Do wolf spiders bite?

Wolf spiders have an intimidating appearance, but they are very docile and rarely if ever bite people; they are actually considered to be nuisance pests. If they are being directly handled or are accidentally squished or brushed up against they may bite out of fear and defense.

Are wolf spiders venomous?

Wolf spiders are a venomous species of spider, but their venom is usually not strong enough to cause a health risk to people. However, it is important to note that some individuals may still experience a reaction that requires medical attention. Also, these spiders would rather run from a perceived threat than bite in defense.

Why do I have a wolf spider problem?

When living outside wolf spiders burrow and nest underneath of rocks, woodpiles, leaf piles, grass piles, and landscaping ties. Wolf spider don’t build nests, instead they “hunt” and chase after their prey; while chasing after their prey they can find their way inside of homes, garages, sheds, or other outbuildings. Once inside they can be found running along walls, in cabinets, in boxes, and underneath of furniture.

How do you get rid of wolf spiders?

We can help you to get rid of wolf spiders by helping to prevent them from entering into your home in the first place. At Spencer Pest Services our pros will partner with you to create a pest control program to exclude wolf spiders and the insects that they dine on from your home; all the while treating and eliminating any current pest problems you may be experiencing. Contact us today to learn more about our home pest control services throughout Upstate of South Carolina and northern Georgia.