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One of the most imposing spiders in North America is the wolf spider. The wolf spider name belongs to a wide species of spiders
that share certain characteristic like they are large, dark-colored and are very athletic, these creatures are known for their speed and strong bodies. They
famously hunt down prey using their sharp eyesight with which they can spot movement from great distances! Wolf spiders also
have unique parenting habits - scientists are eager to study them because it may offer insight into how evolution works on
organisms across generations while still retaining key features.
BioKids tells us that Wolf spiders are found almost
everywhere in the world. They can easily be seen living and hunting
for insects in grasslands or meadows but they also live sparingly on mountains, deserts, rainforests and wetlands.
The wolf spider is an amazing creature that lives all over our planet!
They are commonly known as household pests, and they often look for warm places to
spend their winter in our homes. You can find them around doors, windows, house plants or basements.
These curious critters roam at night looking for food.
Wolf Spiders are a common pest that people have been dealing with since ancient times; so
pay attention to your basement area or corners before they breed out of control.
Wolf Spiders get their name from their hunting ability. Unlike most spiders, they don't build a web and
wait for an insect to get caught in it but they go out and hunt. Most of these spiders will eat small insects but
the big ones have been known to take down toads. Luckily for us, they are almost never aggressive towards humans.
If you see one of these critters scurrying around, do not squash it. The female spider carries her eggs in a
sac that is attached to the spinnerets. The female spiders carry their eggs in a sac that is attached to
the spinnerets on her abdomen. The spiderlings climb onto the mother's back after they have hatched and
live there until they are big enough to hunt for themselves. A single mom could be carrying hundreds of
offspring at once!
If you can't step on them, then how do you get rid of them? We start with prevention.
- Like most pests, a clean house will keep them away — vacuum and clean regularly.
- Clean up clutter in sparsely used areas like closets, garages, basements and attics.
- Distance firewood, building materials and debris away from the house. (Great for termites too!)
- Create distance between your home and foliage including shrubs, vines and tree limbs.
- Make sure you don't have any holes in your screens or door seals.
- When you want to go the extra mile, you can switch out light bulbs with yellow or sodium vapor light bulbs. These work because the bugs Wolf Spiders eat don't like them and like all pests, they follow where the food is.
After you have prevented new spiders from coming into your home, the next step is to call your local pest control company.
They will be able to treat your home with family and pet safe treatments that will knock out wolf spiders and any other pest
that they might be feeding off of. This is the best route because if you were to step on the spider, there are more likley to be others
and if the spider is carrying her young, stepping on them will send the baby spiders all throughout your home.