What Bradenton Property Owners Ought To Know About Wolf Spiders

8/10/2020

Most of the time, invasive spiders aren’t a big threat to people or pets. While creepy, house spiders are tiny critters that tend to keep to themselves rather than pestering humans that are hundreds of times their size. However, some invasive spider species can be downright menacing, and all spider infestations are often the sign of larger pest problems. The wolf spider is one of these formidable spider species, and knowing how to spot and prevent them will help your property stay protected.

a wolf spider on blue surface

What Do Wolf Spiders Look Like?

Wolf spiders are one of the largest home-invading spider varieties and are common in the area. That said, most wolf spider infestations go unnoticed, because these nocturnal hunters stick to the shadows and are good at hiding from view. Here’s how you can tell them apart from other spiders if you’re lucky (or unlucky) enough to spot one:

  • Hair: Wolf spiders are furrier than most common spiders. They are often gray or tan, with black patterns and long, hairy legs splaying from their bodies.

  • Shape: Like all arachnids, wolf spiders have eight legs and eight eyes. A wolf spider’s impressive legs allow it to leap great distances and move quickly.

  • Nests: Wolf spiders spin funnel-shaped nests, often on the ground level, and utilize existing holes in soil or vegetation.

Are Wolf Spiders Dangerous?

While wolf spider bites are rare -- since these solitary spiders tend to stay hidden -- bites can occur. Wolf spider bites are considerably more harmful than your average house spider bite. Wolf spiders will bite people or pets if they feel threatened and, while not lethal, these bites deliver poison into the bloodstream. These punctures tend to sting or burn far more than normal bug bites.

Although wolf spiders lack the potency to seriously injure people, you shouldn't make the mistake of taking them lightly. For one, they are massive spiders, frequently growing to a few inches in length. That means they can be quite a fright for anyone, especially the arachnophobes in your household. For another, the presence of wolf spiders on your property means that there is enough prey -- other pests -- for them to thrive on. Addressing all of these problems will help curb spider populations.

Easy Spider Prevention For Your Property

Since spiders feed on other bugs, it’s important to protect your property from all kinds of pests if you’re going to avoid wolf spiders. Here are some easy steps you can take:

  • Food & trash storage: Traces of food or waste left behind can attract bugs from miles around. Proper storage and disposal of food items, including deep cleaning to remove crumbs and traces, will help keep invasive pests at bay.

  • Moisture control: Bugs of all kinds like humid areas, so moisture control is essential for both your yard and interior. Drainage and ventilation are key.

  • Pest treatments: For peace of mind during breakout seasons, or year-round control, the surest way to not have to deal with bugs encroaching on your property is to use professional lawn treatments and home protection.

Professional Spider Control

If any spiders, especially wolf spiders, are on your property, you need to act fast. Getting pest populations under control is no small feat, so it’s best to partner with your local pest professionals. At Keller’s Pest Control, we specialize in total pest protection, the kind that keeps spiders, and the things they eat, at bay. Whether you need a peace-of-mind inspection of your property, to determine if a pest population is invading, or if you need timely and effective removal of pests, Keller’s has you covered.

Don’t let your property turn into a breeding and hunting ground for nocturnal wolf spiders, call Keller’s Pest Control right away.

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