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How to Keep Wolf Spiders Away From Your Home

June 25, 2023

Learn more about the wolf spider in Georgia and why you might spot one

There are many spiders Georgia is home to, from the brown recluse to the common house spider. The most common spider in Georgia is the wolf spider, which means you will likely come across one (or more) every year. Are wolf spiders dangerous? Are wolf spiders destructive? Are wolf spiders related to wolves? Keep reading to learn more about this common creepy crawler!

Facts About Wolf Spiders

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  • Wolf spiders are fast, so they are incredibly difficult to catch or kill.

  • Wolf spiders don't spin webs like other spiders.

  • Wolf spiders have venom (like most spiders!) that they use to subdue their prey. That venom liquifies the internal organs of their prey, which makes them easy to digest.

  • Wolf spiders earned their name because of their hunting technique (chase and pounce) but have no actual relation to wolves.

  • Wolf spiders have eight eyes.

  • Wolf spiders carry their newly-hatched babies on their backs for a week before their young leave to start their own lives.

Why Wolf Spiders Come Indoors

Now that you know a little more about wolf spiders, you'll understand why they might be coming into your house. Because wolf spiders don't use webs to catch their prey, wolf spiders are usually after insects that crawl on the ground, like cockroaches, ants, crickets, and even other spiders. And where can that prey also be found? In your house.

If you start spotting wolf spiders around your house, don't be in a rush to get rid of them. Instead, do some investigating to see if there are other insects present in your house that are drawing the wolf spiders indoors. Wolf spiders may also just be coming in for a meal and then heading back outside to their nests, so make sure that you are keeping the exterior of your house as inhospitable to them as possible. Keep your lawn cut and free of weeds and tree debris, and address any areas with standing water or more damp conditions.

Wolf spiders are not harmful to humans and will leave you alone if you return the favor. But if you'd rather not have them in your house and all DIY pest control has failed to get rid of them, don't hesitate to give us a call. A BREDA pest control technician can treat your home for wolf spiders and then apply preventative measures like sealing cracks on the outside of your house and recommending the use of screens on doors and windows.

If you're tired of wondering what the pests in or around your home are doing and just want them gone, don't hesitate to give us a call. The BREDA Guarantee promises to protect your home and keep it protected—no matter the circumstances. Schedule an inspection online or give us a call at 770-466-6700.