Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spiders are common in the Southeast, we have seen many of these guys scrambling around.  Some are furry and others are smooth as a babies bottom.  They are relatively harmless to humans and would rather run then fight you.   They are capable of defensive bites but only the south american species can do any real damage with necrotic bites and even those have been attributed to other spiders.  These spiders can be found along woodlands, wet coastal areas, suburban gardens and they can be useful in keeping the insect population down.    These guys typically have 8 eyes and are unique caregivers.  They carry the eggs along with them in a silken egg sac globe which attaches to the abdomen.   Immediately after hatching the spiderlings climb up mothers legs right to ther abdomen and they all crowd around there and momma takes them with her while she hunts and works.  Spiderlings disperse through the air (aerially) carried on a soft wind to tree's, limbs, streams, gardens etc.  Which is probably why they are so commonly found. 

Wolf spiders are members of the family Lycosidae, from the Greek word "λύκος" meaning "wolf". They are robust and agile hunters with good eyesight. They live mostly solitary lives and hunt alone. Some are opportunistic wanderer hunters, pouncing upon prey as they find it or chasing it over short distances. Others lie in wait for passing prey, often from or near the mouth of a burrow.

Wolf spiders resemble Nursery web spiders (family Pisauridae), but they carry their egg sacs by attaching them to their spinnerets (Pisauridae carry their egg sacs with their chelicerae and pedipalps). Wolf spiders have two eyes out of eight that are large and prominent. The eight eyes of the Nursery web spiders are all of approximately equal size.

Spiders can help keep the insect population but if they are in your home United Pest Management has the solution.  We have both traditional and organic solutions for controlling their populations and keeping them outside instead of inside your home or office.