wolf spider hunting prey

Do you like trivia questions? Here's one for you. What can be as big as 1 3/8 inches long, doesn't spin a web, is covered in fur, has great eyesight, and moves about your home hunting for prey? That's right, a wolf spider. You're pretty good at this. Or, you looked at the title of this article. Either way, good job!

When it comes to keeping wolf spiders out of your home, the methods that work on web-weaving spiders don't work quite as well. You have to think like a hunter spider that doesn't make webs. And, you have to think like a spider that eats larger prey like beetles and grasshoppers. Wolf spiders are not going to chase flies around your home. So controlling flies will do nothing to control wolf spiders.

Fewer Bugs Equals Fewer Wolf Spiders

wolf spider up close

While controlling flies doesn't have an effect on wolf spider populations, controlling other bugs can. Everything you do to keep bugs out of your home will make your home less interesting to wolf spiders. We suggest that you try these ideas:

  • Do a detailed inspection of your exterior walls and fill in or repair any gaps, cracks, or holes you find. Look closely, it doesn't take much of a hole for bugs to get in.

  • Check all of your screens and make sure they are in good repair.

  • Keep exterior trash in sealed containers.

  • Keep objects away from your home, especially objects that are organic, like stacks of wood or construction materials. These are playgrounds for bugs.

Moisture Control

When you have moist conditions around your home, wolf spiders will take notice because many of the bugs they eat are moisture pests. While we could have added this to the above list of bug prevention ideas, it is best to focus on this one by itself due to the number of ways a home can have moisture issues.

  • Broken or obstructed gutters can create the conditions for moisture problems. If rainwater isn't allowed to channel away from your home, it can soak your exterior walls and lead to wood rot. Decaying wood is a playground for pests, and moist soil near your exterior walls is going to be an attractant for a wide range of pests.

  • If you have an exterior spigot that is weeping or leaking, it can cause the soil underneath to be damp. The same is true if you have a hose connected to your spigot that doesn't make a good seal or has a leak in it.

  • Shady locations not only provide a hiding place for wolf spiders, they make it hard for the sun to dry rainwater after it rains.

  • When the ground gets compacted, it can allow rainwater to pool. It is important to loosen up compacted soil.

Glue Traps

If there is a location in your home where you've seen wolf spiders, it can be helpful to put glue traps down to capture and remove them. Just be aware that you're likely to catch some other pests while you're at it.

Pest Control

When it comes to managing bugs in or around your home, the best way to get the job done is with ongoing pest control services from a trusted pest control provider. When you have an educated pest control technician do routine inspections of your home, and apply appropriate EPA-approved products to vulnerable areas, you'll have a much better chance of keeping a wide range of bugs out of your home, not just wolf spiders. Your pest control technician will also advise you on the pest pressures you're dealing with. Wolf spiders aren't dangerous, but other spiders like the brown recluse or black widow can be. There are also many bugs that can spread illness inside your home, do damage to your belongings, or eat away at your equity. Ongoing pest control service isn't just a quality of life upgrade, it is essential protection every family should have.

If you're in our Texas service area, find out how Perimeter, Home Guardian, and Home Guardian + are working to protect our customers from pest threats. Pest problems are seldom isolated to a single pest. There is an ecosystem around your home. But, with help from Adams Exterminating Company, you can keep all of those critters outside, where they belong.