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Wolf Spiders

Class: Spider
Other names: Ground spider, hunting spider
Color: Brown, black and gray splotched
Size: ½ inch to 2 inches
Legs: 8
Eyes: 8
Diet: Ground-dwelling insects and other spiders
Predators: Wasps, amphibians and reptiles, birds, shrews and coyotes
Hazard: Painful bite that’s not fatal (unless person is allergic to spider bites)
Interesting Fact: After young wolf spiders hatch, they crawl onto their mother’s back and ride there for a few weeks until they are partially grown.

Wolf Spiders: Hairy Hunters Can Invade Your Home

With eight eyes and a hairy body up to 2 inches long, wolf spiders can be fairly frightening if you come across them in your home. In addition, these spiders have a painful bite (although not lethal) when they feel threatened.

Wolf spiders hunt primarily at night. They can live in many places around your home and yard:

  • Open areas such as fields and grassy areas
  • In wood or brush piles
  • Around doors and windows
  • In basement and garages

These spiders don’t weave webs but lay their eggs in ground tunnels or burrows. They come indoors in the winter when they’re looking for warmth.

Seeing the world through eight eyes

Wolf spiders are naturally camouflaged with gray, black and brown splotches of color. They are sometimes confused with brown recluse spiders, but they don’t have the violin-shaped marking on their backs that brown recluse spiders carry.

The eight eyes of the brown recluse are arranged in three rows:

  • Front row—four small eyes
  • Middle row—two large and prominent eyes
  • Back row—medium-size eyes that are off to the side

Female wolf spiders lay dozens of eggs at a time and carry their egg sacks at the end of their abdomens. The hatchlings look like miniature adults. Wolf spiders shed their skins several times as they grow older. Although male wolf spiders live only one year, female wolf spiders can live for several years.

To keep wolf spiders out of your home, seal cracks around doors and windows. Kill individual spiders as you see them, but don’t handle them. Remember they do bite!

If your wolf spider problem is severe, remember that Brody Brothers is ready to take on this hairy hunter. Give us a call today at 443-379-8857.

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