Wolf Spiders are poisonous but not lethal

Wolf Spiders are poisonous but not lethal. They are usually not aggressive but will bite if provoked. They are ground dwellers which usually reside in a burrow. Unlike spiders that make webs, Wolf Spiders hunt their meals, which mainly consist of insects and other small spiders.

Spiders can look the same and it can be difficult to differentiate between wolf spiders and the many species that resemble them. Wolf spiders are hairy arachnids that can grow up to 35 mm in body length. Their bodies are commonly patterned in black, gray and brown hues and often have what look like “Chevrons” “>>>” on their back(see attached image). Wolf spiders are sometimes confused for tarantulas, nursery web and fishing spiders, as well as brown recluse spiders.

 

After mating, the female wolf spider will seek an isolated, covered location to lay her eggs. They will lay approximately 100 or more eggs, which they encase in a silk sack(see attached image). Wolf spiders are protective of their eggs and, unlike other spider species, carry these spherical sacs on their spinnerets. Once the eggs hatch, the mother will carry her babies on her back(see attached image).

With the onset of the fall season, wolf spiders will seek warmer habitats and have been known to enter homes, where they are found in windows, doors, garages, basements and houseplants. With Fall fast approaching, now is a great time to stop pests before they look for warmer place to live, like inside your home! Call now for a free estimate on our Residential or Commercial Pest Control treatments.

Call us now at (801)771-2000.