Wolf Spiders

What do wolf spiders look like?

a wolf spider in its nest waiting for prey outside of a home in bloomington illinois

Wolf spiders are black or dark brown, and depending on the species, may or may not have yellow, gray, or cream colored markings. Wolf spiders have three rows of eyes; four small eyes on the bottom row, two large eyes in the middle row, and two medium eyes on the top row. They have robust bodies that are covered in hair and 8 spiny legs that allow them to run very quickly. Their bodies grow to be between 3/8 and 1-3/8 of an inch in length. Females grow larger than the males.

Where are wolf spiders found?

Outside, wolf spiders hide underneath rocks, in woodpiles, in leaves and grass, and around landscaping ties. Wolf spiders often enter homes, businesses and outbuildings of the Quad Cities by accident while out hunting for prey. They may also intentionally enter homes when the weather becomes cold to find a warm, safe shelter.

What do wolf spiders eat?

Unlike other types of spiders that create webs, wolf spiders hide under objects waiting for insects to come along. Once one comes along, they will chase after it to feed.

DIY wolf spider prevention and control tips

Discourage wolf spiders and other pests from coming inside with the following prevention tips:

  • Seal cracks in your home’s foundation and exterior walls.

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Keep shed, garage, and other outbuilding doors closed whenever possible.

  • Store woodpiles away from the exterior of your home.

  • Remove leaf piles and other organic debris from your property.

  • Keep clutter to a minimum in basement, closets, and other storage areas.

Professional wolf spider control

Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators offers effective pest control services for both homes and businesses that eliminate wolf spiders and other pests common to our region. Contact us today to learn more about our solutions.

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