Wolf spiders are common in areas of the U.S., especially where there is grass, trees, and other foliage. These arachnids are natural hunters and, thus, move fast. They also are unique in that they do not spin webs but rather hunt from holes that they burrow in the ground.
Due to their large size and hairy appearance, wolf spiders are often frightening to residents; however, they are relatively harmless. In fact, wolf spiders offer some natural pest control by feeding on insects. A wolf spider bite is not likely unless they feel threatened. A bite may result in pain, redness, and itching in humans. In pets, it may cause a temporary limp and noticeable discomfort. While their bites are not lethal, they can cause secondary bacterial infections and should be thoroughly cleaned or evaluated by a medical professional.
Wolf spider infestations in the home are more common in the fall and winter, when they will seek warmth. Signs of an infestation include visual sightings. A small amount of spiders may be managed by a simple catch-and-release approach; however, if an infestation is large in number, it’s time to contact your pest control professional for a tactical approach.