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Have a Wolf Spider Problem?

Description

There are many species of Wolf Spiders in a range of sizes. Wolf Spiders are brown, with darker markings, hairy bodies, and long legs. With eight eyes, two large eyes in the center with two smaller eyes on top and four smaller eyes below, they have keen eyesight which they use while hunting for prey. Wolf spiders will lie in wait for prey, ambushing their prey as it comes near, even giving chase for a short distance.

The female Wolf Spider carries her egg sac with her and after hatching the babies stay with her, riding on her back.

Some Wolf Spiders live in burrows, while others wander without a permanent home. Wolf Spiders are not aggressive toward humans, but will bite if provoked. If venom is released it may cause itching and irritation that may require medical attention.

Color

Brown to gray

Size

1/2″ to 2”

Wolf-Spider

Wolf spiders are members of the family Lycosidae, from the Ancient Greek word "λύκος" meaning "wolf". They are robust and agile hunters with excellent eyesight. They live mostly solitary and hunt alone. Some are opportunistic hunters pouncing upon prey as they find it or even chasing it over short distances. Some will wait for passing prey in or near the mouth of a burrow. Wolf spiders can live up to 11 years if given the correct habitat.

Control Advice

Clear vegetation and garden timbers away from house, keep doors closed and seal outside cracks. Sticky traps can be used indoors.

Active Seasons

Wolf Spiders are most active in spring, summer and fall.

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