If you’re ok with getting the heebie-jeebies, watch this video:
This is a Wolf Spider.
Also… her hundreds of babies that she’d been carrying around with her! If that doesn’t freak you out,
Wolf Spiders are one of the most feared spiders since they can basically continue growing indefinitely. However, they aren’t particularly dangerous to humans. If provoked or stirred, it will attack, but it won’t leave much lasting pain or mark on a healthy adult.
What’s a Wolf Spider?
No, they aren’t related to wolves or have an appearance like a wolf. The reason they are called “Wolf Spiders” is because they hunt for their food, like wolves (though not in packs, that would be the creepiest thing ever!). They have excellent eyesight for an arachnid, which helps them spot prey insects before they pounce. They have two large eyes (and six smaller ones) that glow if a light is shined on them. This makes them easy to spot in the dark, but also could give you quite a fright if you’re not looking for a small pair of glowing eyes.
Wolf Spiders, hogna lenta, are characterized by their tan bodies and dark stripes up their backs toward their “face” area.
Get Rid of Wolf Spiders
Ok ok, I’ve given you all the information that you need on wolf spiders. Now the question is, “how do I get rid of wolf spiders?!”
There are two answers. One way to to call a professional pest control company – they will have the equipment and experience to make sure you’re taken care of. I’ve lived all over the United States, but when I lived in Dallas, TX I used Six Brothers Pest Control. They do a nice job and will come back if you ever need any additional treatments. If you don’t have a lot of time or are creeped out in general by spiders, it’s probably best to get set up on a quarterly service. They will be able to take care of all pests, but spiders tend to be bad there.
If you’re a little bit more adventurous, you can try a few homemade Wolf Spider remedies, like:
- Vinegar Solution- mix together vinegar and water at the same rate and apply directly to the wolf spiders or where they inhabit. This can keep them away pretty well.
- Essential Oils- get some peppermint oil and mix it with water, about 1 drop per ounce of water. Spray anywhere wolf spiders will frequent. Let it dry and make sure to ensure proper ventilation for about a half hour afterward.
- Diatomaceous Earth- this is the least effective solution for Wolf Spiders in my opinion, but does well with other pesky insects, which can keep spiders away as well. If they have nothing to hunt/eat, they’ll move to a different location.
Hopefully you’ve been properly educated and can effectively get rid of wolf spiders for good.
Thanks for reading!