Usually dark brown, often with paler (or sometimes yellow) stripes or markings
Stout-robust body with long, spiny legs
3/8 – 1 3/8“ (female) 1/4 – 3/4“ (male)
Found throughout U.S.
Wolf spiders have excellent eyesight and actively hunt during the night. During the day they usually rest in sheltered places. They live alone and hunt alone. They run very fast and pursue prey by pouncing on it or chasing it. Wolf spiders have a unique way of carrying eggs. The egg sac is carried with the mother on her abdomen. Immediately after birth, the spiderlings gather on her abdomen.
Wolf spiders may hide in burrows in search of prey. They can usually be found under stones, firewood, leaves, mulch, and wood timbers. If they enter structures, it is usually accidental or in search or pretty. They usually remain at or around ground level of structures and once they enter and once they enter, they usually stay inside.
Wolf spiders can be a beneficial insect because they feed on a variety of insects, including crop pests. Although they can bite, it is very rare unless they are provoked or handled. When they bite, they will inject venom if they are continually provoked. Symptome that follow the bite can include mild pain, itching, and swelling.
Wolf Spider Prevention
If you suspect a wolf spider infestation, call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection* immediately. This is the safest and most effective way to get rid of wolf spiders. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.