Size: 1/4 to 2 inches long
Color: Gray brown with light stripes
Where found: Outdoors; windows, doors
Potential treatment: Interior and exterior
The Wolf Spider is so named because it hunts and stalks its prey much the way a wolf does, rather than catching prey with a web. These critters may be as small as 1/4 of an inch or as large as 2 inches, but they are fast runners, pursuing their prey and pouncing, then using powerful jaws to catch them.
Their appearance is distinguished by a gray brown striping on their backs that resembles a Union Jack Flag. They also have long, hairy legs and two horizontal fangs.
Wolf spiders generally reside outdoors and are highly adaptable, settling virtually anywhere they can find their favored meals of small insects, such as ants and flies, as well as crickets and grasshoppers. They will move indoors in colder climates, and are usually found in windows, doors and basements.
Risk of a bite from a Wolf Spider is minimal. They bite only when threatened and the venom is not lethal. Symptoms include welling, mild pain and itching in the bite area.
Since these spiders generally prefer the outdoors, keeping debris and vegetation clear around homes is usually helpful in preventing an infestation indoors. Limiting use of outdoor lighting also is helpful, as they attract the Wolf Spider?s favored prey. Perimeter spray is effective for controlling Wolf spiders around your home and yard.