Brief overview of wolf spiders

Wolf spiders are common throughout the entire United States, and especially in Texas. Large and quick moving, these spiders hunt their prey rather than build webs like other types of spiders.

What do wolf spiders look like?

Adult wolf spiders have stout bodies covered in hair. They are black or dark brown in color and may have cream, gray or yellow markings. Wolf spiders are equipped with eight long spiny legs that give them the speed they need to hunt their prey. They also have eight eyes that are uniquely placed in three rows- four small eyes on the bottom row, two large eyes in the middle row, and two medium eyes on the top row.

a female wolf spider carrying her egg sack

Where do wolf spiders nest?

Outside, wolf spiders often nest in burrows they create under rocks, woodpiles, leaf piles, grass piles, and landscaping ties. While chasing after their prey these arachnids often find their way inside of homes, garages, and other outbuildings.

Inside they can be found running along walls, in cabinets, and under furniture. Also, in the fall when the weather cools this species of spider will seek out warm safe shelter inside of structures.

 What do wolf spiders eat?

Wolf spiders hunt for and feed on a variety of insects including many species of crop-destroying insects, making them environmentally beneficial. Unlike other types of spider, they don’t create webs; instead they chase down and hunt their prey.

Are wolf spiders dangerous?

Wolf spiders have an intimidating appearance, but they are not dangerous. Though they are capable of biting, they typically only do so if directly handled. Typically, they are very docile spiders. 

How do I get rid of wolf spiders?

If you’re seeing wolf spiders inside your home or business, it could be that you have other insects infesting and that’s what is attracting them. To get rid of wolf spiders and the insects they’re after, a professional solution is recommended. At Adams Exterminating Company, we offer pest control services in Lewisville, Denton and throughout North Texas, that get rid of wolf spiders and keep them out. Visit our home pest control page to learn more about our ongoing programs or simply give us a call to discuss your situation.

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