Color: Dark brown, lighter stripes
Shape: Large robust hairy body with long legs
Size: 1/8 – 3/4“
Region: Entire US
Wolf spiders normally reside in burrows near rocks, stone walls, fallen trees, firewood stacks and in leaf litter piles. They hunt during the nighttime by chasing after their prey instead of constructing snare webs. During daylight hours they prefer secluded places. Springtails and other small insects comprise their diet. Although they are confused with Brown Recluse and resemble tarantulas they are not closely related to either.
Wolf spiders may occasionally enter dwellings when searching for food. They will never attack people and will only rarely bite when provoked. Wolf spiders that are inside of a home should be collected and released outdoors.
Wolf spiders are not poisonous to humans. A bite is no more painful or dangerous than that of a bee. On rare occasions, people bitten by a wolf spider may have an allergic reaction and should seek medical attention.
Seal all cracks and screen windows and doors. Inspect bags and boxes before bringing them into your home.
- On January 10, 2020