Wolf Spider
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Wolf Spider

Unlike most spiders, wolf spiders don't hunt with webs. Instead, they chase their prey using their fast running ability. These spiders are often big and hairy which alarms some people, but they are primarily nuisance pests. They are brownish in colour, and males are typically darker than females, with more distinct markings. Wolf spiders actively hunt during the night and usually rest in sheltered places during the day.


Wolf spiders may enter structures in search of prey. Although they are not inclined to be permanent residents in structures, they often stay once inside. Indoors, wolf spiders tend to remain at or near floor level, especially along walls and under furniture. Outside, wolf spiders can be found under stones, landscape timbers, firewood, leaves and other debris. Wolf spiders do not spin webs and reside instead within burrows. These burrows may be open or sealed with silken doors.


TBecause wolf spiders feed on a variety of insects, including crop pests, they can be beneficial. Wolf spiders can bite, but it's extremely rare to experience a wolf spider bite unprovoked. They will only bite if they are handled. The presence of wolf spiders in homes is usually accidental.

  • To prevent entry into a structure, seal all internal and external cracks and crevices.
  • Clear away piles of grass clippings, leaves, firewood, mulch, or compost
  • Reduce clutter in basements, garages and around your yard to eliminatehiding spots.