What are wolf spiders?
Wolf spiders are a common spider species found in our area of Texas. They are known for their superb hunting skills and excellent eyesight. Their eight eyes are arranged uniquely in three rows: four small eyes on the bottom row, two large eyes in the middle row, and two medium-sized eyes on the top row. Wolf spiders are large in size compared to other nuisance spider species and can range in color from black to dark brown in color with cream, gray, or yellow-colored markings.
Depending on their exact species, these spiders can grow to between ¼ and 1 3/8th of an inch in length. Adult wolf spiders have robust bodies that covered in hair have eight long, spiny legs that they use to chase down their prey. Wolf spiders typically hunt during the evening hours and rest during the day.
Are wolf spiders dangerous?
Wolf spiders are off-putting to many people due to their large, hairy bodies and long, thin legs. However, the good news is that these spiders are considered to be nuisance pests and pose no real danger to people. Wolf spiders aren’t aggressive and typically won’t bite unless they are being directly handled or feel threatened. In the rare event that a bite does occur, their venom usually isn’t strong enough to cause any serious health problems in people other than a slight bit of discomfort.
Why do I have a wolf spider problem?
More often than not, wolf spiders are found living outdoors. However, they do often find their way into homes, garages, barns, and sheds while out hunting for insects to eat.
When living outside, wolf spiders are commonly found burrowing under rock piles, wood piles, fallen trees, leaf or grass piles, and landscaping timbers. Their burrows are where these spiders rest during the day and, at times, is also where they lie in wait for their prey to pass by.
Wolf spiders that have found their way inside homes and other buildings tend to hide out underneath furniture, in closets, in boxes and crawl spaces, and in basement areas. If wolf spiders are living on your property or inside your home, it means that you don't have just a spider infestation on your hands. It is likely that your home or yard is also infested with the insects that those wolf spiders like to feed on.
How do I get rid of wolf spiders?
Wolf spider infestations are frustrating and difficult to completely eliminate without the help of a professional. The pest control professionals like our team of trained pest experts here at DANCAN can provide the services needed to accurately identify the infestation, provide the appropriate treatment, and prevent future problems with these nuisance pests. Our professionals utilize eco-friendly and modern pest control strategies and products to control spider populations as well as the populations of other pest living in and around your North Dallas-area home. To learn more about implementing one of our effective home pest control services, contact us today!
How can I prevent future problems with wolf spiders?
Preventing wolf spiders from choosing your property to live on can be a daunting task, but there are some things you can do to help deter them from invading:
Trim back trees and bushes away from your home's exterior.
Remove piles of wood, rocks and other organic debris from your property as these spaces are often preferred hiding spots for wolf spiders.
Seal cracks in the foundation of your home along with any spaces found around or underneath windows and doors.
Keep all your exterior doors as well as the doors to your garage or shed closed whenever possible.
Limit the places spiders have to hide in your home by keeping storage areas as organized and clutter-free as possible.