Wolf Spiders

Identification

  • Colour Brown, orange, black, and grey
  • Size Up to 35 mm
  • Description Wolf spiders are hairy and have eight eyes arranged in three distinct rows. The front row is made up of four small eyes, while the middle row consists of two larger eyes and the back row comprises a pair of medium-sized eyes positioned off to the sides.

General Facts

Why do I have wolf spiders?

Wolf spiders live near grasslands, fields, beaches, gardens, meadows, and the shores of ponds and marshes and prey on small insects and other smaller invertebrates. This hunting behaviour often leads them into homes, garages, and other buildings.

How worried should I be about wolf spiders?

Wolf spiders are more helpful than harmful, but they tend to instill fear and alarm in humans, especially those who suffer from arachnophobia. These pests will bite if handled or trapped next to human skin, but their venom is not potent or lethal, feeling more like a pin prick or bee sting. If the presence or suspected presence of a wolf spider is causing you psychological distress, the best course of action is to call a professional pest control service.

How can I prevent wolf spiders invading?

Seal cracks around doors and windows, Fill crevices in the building foundations, Maintain the cleanliness of the property, Clear any debris from the yard, Seal trash bins, Repair points of moisture buildup, Replace ripped door and window screens, Trim back shrubs and trees, Replace outdoor lighting with yellow bulbs, Eliminate or control insects that attract spiders in the first place

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