Wolf spiders are common around the United States and are distinguished from other household spiders by their black, gray and brown hues, and their formidable speed. Wolf spiders can grow to be 1 ½ inches in size and are often confused with tarantulas, nursery web, and brown recluse spiders. Wolf spiders do not build webs; their namesake comes from the wolf spider’s ability to stalk and hunt their prey. Wolf spider habitats are diverse, and unfortunately sometimes include your basement.
Wolf spiders generally seek indoor refuge in the fall as a result of the changing weather. The easiest way to keep them out of your home is to close off any potential entry points. These include windows and doors that are drafty or lack weather stripping. A gap under a doorway is a welcome invitation for spiders and other pests. Also, check the outside perimeter of your home and the basement foundation for cracks or penetrating crevices. Fill these with outdoor sealant, as well as around any wires, cables, or pipes that are entering or exiting the house.
Knowing that wolf spiders are hunters, another good way to keep them outdoors is to limit the hunting grounds near and around your home. Clear away any brush, woodpiles, or overgrown vegetation. This kind of landscape encourages spiders to come near the house and makes for an easy transition indoors when the weather cools.
Admittedly, once wolf spiders are in the house, they are very difficult to get it out. If you are too late for preventative measures, there are a number of professional chemical treatments that will remedy a spider wolf infestation. Many of these are children and pet safe and will also rid your home of other unwanted pests. While there are plenty of DIY options when it comes to pesticides, this is a task best left to a professional. Contact us to learn more about professional pest removal options.