large gray wolf spider in knoxville

How To Identify Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders are a dark brown color with light brown or yellowish stripes or markings on their bodies. They have short robust bodies and long spiny legs. The females (3/8”-1 3/8”) are bigger than the males (1/4” – ¾”). Wolf spiders can be identified by their unique arrangement of eyes.

They have four small eyes in the bottom row, two large eyes in the middle row, and two medium eyes in the top row. These spiders do not build webs like other spiders, instead they will actually “hunt” and chase down their prey.

Why Do I Have A Wolf Spider Problem?

Wolf spiders generally live outside and hide under logs, landscaping ties, rocks, and woodpiles waiting for prey that they can attack. While hunting, they sometimes get into homes and other buildings. 

Are Wolf Spiders Dangerous?

Despite their name wolf spiders are not an aggressive species, especially when it comes to humans. They usually run and hide if they feel threatened. Wolf spiders may bite a person if they are cornered or are being handled. Their venom is usually not strong enough to cause harm to a person.

How Do I Control Wolf Spiders?

Wolf spider control is best achieved by partnering with Russell's Pest Control.  We offer pest control for the home and also provide commercial pest control services that cover spiders. 

Wolf Spider Prevention Tips

In order to prevent problems with wolf spiders you should:

  • Keep them out by sealing any gaps or openings on the exterior.

  • Seal openings around air conditioning units and utility lines.

  • Make sure that window and door screens are free of rips and tears.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors.

 

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