The wolf spider is one of the most common spiders found in the United States. Although the wolf spider is not deadly, many people are afraid of the spider because of its large size and formidable appearance. Scientists have identified as many as 125 different species of wolf spider in the U.S. The wolf spider is approximately ½ to 2 inches in length, hairy in appearance with orange-brown to grey-black coloring that can be found with stripes of varying colors. The wolf spider has eight eyes that consist of three rows of different sizes. Two medium sized eyes are located on the top of its head, with two larger eyes in front and four smaller eyes below. Like most other spiders, the wolf spider has eight legs, but it differs in appearance than many other spiders because of the addition of two arm-like appendages called pedipalps that extend out in front. Young spiders are similar in appearance to adults and the mother spider will sometimes carry their young on their backs until they can fend for themselves.
Where Do Wolf Spiders Live in Your House or Yard
The wolf spider can live anywhere where other insects can be found to feed upon. Wolf spiders prefer low lying areas and can be found under leaves, firewood, discarded gardening equipment or other items stacked on the ground. Inside homes, they can typically be found around doors and windows, in indoor plants and basements and garages. Wolf spiders are sometimes referred to as a hunting or ground spider because of its prevalence for hunting on ground level. The wolf spider does not build webs but instead hunts for prey at night. Wolf spiders are solitary and prefer to hunt alone. A wolf spiders diet consists of a variety of insects but they are especially fond of crickets, grasshoppers, houseflies and cockroaches among others.
Wolf Spider Bite Symptoms & Treatment
The wolf spider will generally not attack unless provoked. The bite of the wolf spider is not deadly but it can be very painful and although rare, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction to the bite so it is always prudent to seek immediate medical attention if bitten. Symptoms may include swelling, nausea and headache. Contact your A-Tex Pest Management professional for a positive identification. Once identified, your experienced A-Tex Pest Management technician will remove the spiders from your living space and customize a program that will help you exclude spiders from entering your home. Exclusion services many include sealing cracks, gaps, crevices and other openings that can be found in the homes structure including the foundation and around doors and windows.
Wolf Spider Arachnid Pest Prevention, Control, Treatment & Management in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park, Texas
For more information regarding spider removal, control and exclusion, contact the experienced professionals at A-Tex Pest Management today and speak with a friendly customer service provider to schedule your appointment. We also offer maintenance programs that are designed to provide your home with the year round protection it needs from spiders and other pests.