Brown Wolf Spiders
The wolf spider is one of the largest species of spiders found in the state of Virginia and is occasionally seen wandering inside homes. Wolf spiders live interesting lives. Nonetheless, we many homeowners would like to know how to prevent them from wandering into their homes. Eagle Pest Services would like to share some facts about the wolf spider and a few tips on how you can prevent them from invading your home.
How Do Wolf Spiders Hunt?Wolf spiders got their name because they are a species that hunt for food instead of using an elaborate webbing system to capture their prey. The wolf spider is also completely covered in in light brown or gray hairs which also contributes to its name. Wolf spiders move very fast on the ground which helps them capture their prey. With excellent vision and powerful jaws, the wolf spider pounces on their prey, subduing them with their jaws. Wolf spiders will eat anything but mostly seek out other insects such as crickets, cockroaches and flies.
Difference Between Tarantula & Wolf Spider
Due to the wolf spider’s size and hair on their body, they are often mistaken for tarantulas. However tarantulas can get very large whereas wolf spiders only reach two inches in length. Wolf Spiders have a unique marking on their back that resembles a Union Jack symbol. However size, coloring and even marking varies between the known 3000 wolf spider species. Wolf spiders are a well diverse and adaptable species that is found all over the world, excepting the Antarctic.
Where Do Wolf Spiders Live?
Wolf spiders are nocturnal and hunt at night. They often wander into homes in search of prey. Wolf spiders are drawn to light and while hunting, may be drawn closer to homes when outdoor light are on. Wolf spiders will also invade homes during the late fall or winter season in search of a warm place to hide out the winter. Wolf spiders love hiding out in dark places, so when they invade a home, they are found in basements, underneath furniture, and inside indoor plants. Wolf spiders are not an aggressive species of spider but will bite if annoyed or if they feel threatened. Their bites are not lethal to humans, but severe reactions can happen. A severe reaction includes fevers and swelling of lymph glands. If a more severe reaction occurs, especially in the elderly or in children, seek medical attention.
How to Not Attract Wolf Spiders in Your House
Wolf spiders can help maintain insect or other pest populations and aren't regarded as a serious pest. However, no one wants a two inch spider inside their home either. To help keep spiders out of your home follow these simple tips:
- Remove or clear vegetation from the surrounding perimeter of the home.
- Remove or keep all yard debris cleaned, this may include rocks, wood and lumber piles.
- Seal up any holes or cracks on all outer or thin walls of the home especially if any are found near the ground, doors, or windows.
- Install screens over vents or crawl spaces. Again, those near the ground pose the most threat.
- It helps to reduce the chances of encounters if you keep you outdoor lights off.