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Wolf Spider: A Roaming Predator

If looks could kill then the wolf spider would be one of the most deadly spiders known in the world. This large, usually between ½ - 2 inches long, brown and hairy spider not only intimidates with its appearance, but also with its speed when startled.

Wolf spider ready to pounceWolf spiders are unlike other spiders in that they do not build webs, but rather roam around, usually at night, looking for prey. Outside, these spiders can usually be found in wood piles, piles of leaves, or in large open areas where there is a lot of roam to search for prey. Wolf spiders will normally try and make their way into human dwellings in the autumn when they are looking for a warm place to spend the winter.

Although wolf spiders are solitary arachnids that try to avoid humans when at all possible, they can bite if they are threatened. The bite from a wolf spider is not known to be lethal, but it can cause pain and irritation as well as can be deadly if the bitten person is allergic to the spider’s venom.

As with most cases, the best control for wolf spiders is prevention. Because wolf spiders will try and find a warm place to spend the winter, they look for cracks and gaps in home foundations and windows as ways in the home. Making sure that these gaps and cracks are sealed properly is one way for homeowners to prevent wolf spiders from entering their home.

Chemicals can also be used to deal with wolf spiders, however at Senske Pest Control, we always recommend consulting a professional pest control expert before exposing your home and families to chemicals. Our years of experience allow us to apply the most efficient and safest way to deal with spiders in your home and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact us today at (877) 944-4007 or request an estimate online.