Wolf Spider Identification & Prevention

Wolf spiders are large and can be quite frightening to encounter around your property, which is why professional identification and prevention are necessary.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Wolf Spiders

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What are wolf spiders?

Wolf spiders are large, agile arachnids that can grow up to two inches in length. They are one of the more distinctive types of spiders due to their larger size, and their hunting methods; instead of spinning a web and waiting for their prey, they will leave their webs at night to chase down their food.

Wolf spiders are typically brown, gray, or black in color, and they have long legs and eight eyes. Despite their large size and frightening appearance, they are one of the more common house spiders around our area.

Are wolf spiders dangerous?

Even though wolf spiders are large and unpleasant to encounter, they aren’t one of the most dangerous spiders out there. Wolf spiders are unlikely to bite humans, as they are much more frightened and skittish of us than we are of them most of the time. If a wolf spider does bite you, it doesn’t have very strong venom, and it is unlikely to cause a serious issue.

The main dangers associated with wolf spiders include a risk of allergic reaction to wolf spider venom, something that may result in pain, itching, and swelling. Allergic reactions may also become more serious and result in anaphylaxis which is characterized by difficulty breathing and swallowing. Serious symptoms after a wolf spider bite need immediate medical attention.

Why do I have a wolf spider problem?

Wolf spiders, like most other arachnids and pest insects, are drawn to properties that provide them with the basics they need to survive. Food, shelter, and moisture are the biggest draws for wolf spiders, and if your property has pest prey such as ants or crickets invading, lots of overgrown foliage and debris outdoors, and plenty of cracks for wolf spiders to infiltrate into interior areas, you are likely to pick up an infestation. 

Where will I find wolf spiders?

Wolf spiders prefer to stay low to the ground, and you are most likely to find them hiding around basements, garages, cluttered areas indoors or outdoors, and underneath piles of debris around exterior spaces. They might hide behind plant pots or on decks, and they tend to enjoy darker and more secluded areas that they can easily leave at nighttime to hunt. 

A key step to keep spiders away from your home is identifying where these pests hide and carefully removing attractants to deter infestations; Uinta Pest Solutions can help.

How do I get rid of wolf spiders?

If you’re wondering how to get rid of wolf spiders, look no further than our team of experts at Uinta Pest Solutions. Our technicians are knowledgeable when it comes to eradicating wolf spiders, and we work with you to understand your property’s pest control needs. With our help, you won’t need to risk exposing yourself to the dangers and frights that wolf spiders bring.

Call us now to learn more or to get started.

How can I prevent wolf spiders in the future?

Prevent future wolf spider problems by following our expert tips below:

  • Clear outdoor areas of debris piles and long grasses, as wolf spiders love to hide in these areas.

  • Seal cracks around your property’s windows, doors, and foundation to keep wolf spiders out.

  • Declutter patios, decks, garages, and basements to reduce wolf spider hiding spots.

  • Treat pest prey infestations that might be attracting hungry wolf spiders to your property.

For more information on our residential and commercial pest control services in Salt Lake City, contact Uinta Pest Solutions today.

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