Think You Saw A Wolf Spider In Your Home? Information About These Spiders And What To Do If You Are Bitten

Posted on: 11 March 2016

Wolf spiders can run very quickly, and they generally stay hidden in dark corners around your home. For this reason, they can be hard to see. If you think you saw one scurry across the floor, below is some information about this spider, as well as what you should do if you are bitten by one.

Identifying Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders are hairy, and an adult can grow up to one half-inch in body length. They are brown to a mottled gray in color. One way you can identify these spiders is that they have a unique black and brown racing stripe that runs down their back.

Uninvited Guests

When a wolf spider comes into your home, they may bring along hundreds of egg sacs that are attached to its abdomen. The egg sacs will hatch, and the small spiderlings will continue to cling to the wolf spider's abdomen. She will carry her babies everywhere she goes throughout your home. As she is walking around, these babies drop from its abdomen when they are big enough to be on their own, and then you have these baby wolf spiders throughout your home. They then grow into full-sized spiders. When this happens, they will have their own babies and the cycle continues.

If You Are Bitten

You should know that a wolf spider will likely not bite you unless it is provoked. If you know you have been bitten by this spider, it is not lethal. Even so, you still may become sick, this is especially true if the spider bites the elderly and children.

The area around where the spider bit you will get red, swell, and painful.  Look at the area closely: if you were bitten, you should see a small hole or cut in the area.

Wash the bitten area with warm water and soap. Do this gently, as you do not want to cause further irritation. When the area is clean and completely dry, apply an antibiotic ointment to the area.

If the bitten area does not get better, it may be infected and you should see your doctor for treatment.

As you can see, you need to contact a pest control company immediately if you see one wolf spider. This is much better than trying to kill the wolf spider yourself, because the spider exterminator can ensure they get all of the spiders out of your home.