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Are Wolf Spiders In Raleigh Dangerous?

November 15, 2021

Wolf spiders are members of the family Lycosidae, derived from the Greek meaning “wolf.” If you have a spider phobia, these pests won’t make it any better, because they can grow to two inches in length and are hairy like a tarantula. If you have ever come across a wolf spider in your Raleigh property, you know they can be pretty menacing when they want to be.

Wolf Spider Characteristics

The wolf spider can be anywhere from ½ an inch to 2 inches in size, hairy, and typically brown to grey in color. They have a Union Jack impression on their back with undersides that vary from light grey to cream, black, or sometimes salmon pink.

Their eyes are arranged in three rows, with the bottom row consisting of four small eyes, the middle row having two large eyes, and the top row having two medium-sized eyes. Their eyesight is perfect for spotting their prey and chasing it down, hence their name. They also have an acute sense of touch.

Interestingly enough, the wolf spider does not spin a web; instead, they prefer to roam at night to hunt for food.

Why Are Wolf Spiders A Concern In Raleigh?

Wolf spiders are known to burrow and find most of their prey outside. They rarely come indoors until the weather turns cold, at which time they will look for a warm place to settle in for the winter. They can commonly be found around doors, windows, house plants, basements, and in almost all terrestrial habitats.

These pests are often shy and will run from people or pets, but they have been known to bite if they feel cornered. Though wolf spider venom is not dangerous, the bite can be painful and bring about swelling, mild pain, and itching. Of course, if you’re allergic to their bite, it can be fatal.

Like any pest, you don’t want to share your space with the wolf spider, so call Southern Pest Solutions if you see one.

The Wolf Spider Habitat

As we’ve established, the wolf spider prefers to be outside and will occupy various habitats, usually at ground level. They are commonly found within areas of heavy ground cover, such as ivy, monkey grass, beneath stones, and within cracks between landscape timbers.

Wolf Spider Reproduction

Thankfully it’s very rare for the wolf spider to breed indoors. Usually, this activity takes place outside, within the area of the female’s burrow. The male, which is quite smaller than the female, will disperse by air to find a mate and be attracted to the scent markings left by the female. Once a match is found, the male will perform a courtship ritual before mating involving complex leg and palp signaling.

The female wolf spider constructs an egg sac of white papery silk, shaped like a ball with a noticeable circular seam, and attaches the ball to her spinnerets. When the spiderlings hatch, she carries them around on her back until they are ready to disperse. This type of parental care is incredibly rare among spiders. 

How To Get Rid Of Wolf Spiders In Raleigh

Southern Pest Solutions has a unique pest control approach to getting rid of wolf spiders. We will develop a custom solution based on individual circumstances, including the following steps:

  1. We’ll perform a spider site inspection checking entryways and hotspots.
  2. A webbing sweep and sanitation process follow the inspection to reduce favorable spider conditions.
  3. The use of a liquid spider treatment is carried out to keep spiders outside.
  4. A dusting spider treatment is utilized in the attic to deal with significant spider issues.
  5. We will monitor the population with the use of glue boards.

Be sure to contact Southern Pest Solutions if you think you have wolf spider issues or any pest problems.