Wolf Spiders in NJ, NYC, and Eastern PA

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Wolf Spider Control in New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Delaware

Appearance

What Do Wolf Spiders Look Like?
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Size: Size varies among species of wolf spiders. Most range from 1/2 of an inch to 2 inches long.

Color: Wolf spiders can be various shades of black, gray, or brown. They often sport patterns of stripes or other distinct markings on their abdomens, as well as tiny hairs on their bodies and legs. Females of most species are slightly lighter in coloration.

Characteristics: A defining characteristic of wolf spiders is the placement of their eyes. One row of four small eyes sits just above their fangs, while two more pairs of larger eyes are placed higher on the head. They have special biological features that give them excellent low-light vision and cause their eight eyes to reflect a green light when illuminated with a flashlight.

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Facts

  • Species: Wolf spiders are predatory arachnids that actively hunt down prey rather than catching it in webs.
  • Problems: Although they are largely considered beneficial because they eat pest insects, wolf spiders are also considered nuisances since their presence causes psychological discomfort for many people.

Food

What Do Wolf Spiders Eat?
Wolf spiders eat various insects, such as:

They will even make meals out of other spiders. Wolf spiders hunt by either chasing down and overwhelming their prey or ambushing their meals from hiding spots.

Biology

Eggs
After mating in the fall, female wolf spiders lay clutches of up to 100 eggs wrapped in silken cocoons. The female spiders carry these egg sacs around and protect the spiderlings after they hatch in the spring by letting them ride on her back.

Life Span
Most wolf spiders live for at least a year, but males often die shortly after mating.

Detection

  • Activity: Be alert for adult wolf spiders, especially at night and during the winter.
  • Light: May spot them near exterior lights that attract insects.
  • Skin: Look for the discarded exoskeletons of molting hatchlings.

Problems Caused by Wolf Spiders

Bites
Since wolf spider venom is not harmful to humans, stinging pain is the only immediate effect of being bitten.

Both the pain and the accompanying redness dissipate over time. The spiders cause no other problems and do not actively attack humans.

Signs of Infestation

It is extremely unlikely for wolf spiders to infest homes since they are solitary creatures adapted to hunting their prey in grassy and wooded areas.

Unless a home contains infestations of insects that wolf spiders commonly prey upon, or the arachnids are seeking shelter during winter, homeowners do not have to actively monitor for wolf spider infestations.

Prevention Tips

  • Seal: Seal cracks and holes around the exterior walls of homes, and replace damaged weather stripping around windows and doors to reduce the possibility of wolf spiders finding ways inside.
  • Landscaping: Keep lawns well maintained, and clear debris from yards to make the areas around homes less favorable to the spiders.
  • Sanitation: Practicing regular sanitation limits the number of insects attracted to homes and, in turn, makes wolf spider infestations less likely.

Tips for Removal from Home

Trap & Release
The best way to remove single wolf spiders from homes is to trap them in cups, slide a piece of paper underneath, and release them outside, away from the home.

Call the Professionals
For larger infestations, contact a professional pest removal service.

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