Wolf Spider Control Michigan

What is a Wolf Spider?

Wolf spiders are hairy and can grow up to just over 1 inch in body length. Their bodies are typically a combination of brown, black, and gray hues. Wolf spider habitats range from forests and meadows, to woodlands and suburban gardens. Wolf spiders do not spin webs; instead they reside in underground burrows. The wolf spider’s bite is not a significant medical threat to most adults. They typically only bite if they are threatened or provoked. When summer changes to fall, wolf spiders will seek warmer habitats. They may enter homes and reside in the windows, basements, plants, and garages.

How to Identify a Wolf Spider

Most spiders have segmented bodies, eight legs and fang-like mouths. Wolf spiders are most easily spotted by the length of their legs. Wolf spider’s legs are shorter than web-building spiders because they do not spin webs. They track down their prey violently on the ground using their impeccable eyesight and their strength. They appear to be much stronger and not as easily squished as a typical spider. Wolf spiders have hairy abdomens, which can commonly mistake them for tarantulas, though the wolf spider is not nearly as large.

How to Keep Wolf Spiders Out of Your Home

Typically it is easy to keep Wolf spiders out of your home by changing the environment of your yard. Keeping debris and clutter from your yard will discourage them from burrowing a home in leaves, empty planters, and trash. Vacuum your home on a regular basis. Keep storage in compact plastic containers rather than cardboard boxes that they can gain access to. Organic solutions and Integrated Pest Management are effective Wolf Spider control measures.

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