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Should I Be Afraid of Wolf Spiders?

Updated on October 25, 2016

If you come across a wolf spider, chances are you’ll think it’s poisonous simply because of the way it looks and walks. We have learnt that scary looking creatures may be poisonous and/or attack, it’s something we’ve been taught and our natural instincts tell us to be on the lookout for something that may do us harm.

The fact of the matter is that wolf spiders are not poisonous, but they do have venom stored in case they need to attack, and it needs to be injected into the body before it causes you any hard (whereas poisons need to be ingested or absorbed). If you do happen to get bitten by a wolf spider, which is very rare as they only attack if they are provoked or scared, you need to get it treated as soon as you can.

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The side-effects of being bitten

If you’re unfortunate enough to be bitten by a wolf spider, the bite and the surrounding area will become inflamed. This is the body’s natural reaction to the bite as it will be trying to get rid of it. You may experience some of the following in varying degrees depending on how sensitive you are to bites:

  • Nausea (Feeling sick)
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness
  • Death of the surrounding tissues (Necrosis)

Although you’re unlikely to die as a result of a bite, these side-effects can last up to 10 days. Please make sure that in all circumstances you visit your doctor so they can see how bad the bite is, and treat it right away.

If you assume you’ll be OK after you’ve been bitten, you could be putting yourself at risk. While it’s highly unlikely that you’ll die because of the venom you’ve been exposed to, a few people have been known to die because of the way the body reacts to the venom. Don’t take chances, if you get bitten, get it treated as soon as you can.

Why do wolf spiders have venom?

Wolf spiders have venom because they need to kill the animal or insect they have hunted and successfully caught, this is to ensure they do not get away, so the spider can enjoy a tasty meal. But as I mentioned earlier, if you confront a wolf spider and you make it feel intimidated, its natural instinct may be to bite you.

Should you come across a wolf spider, the best thing you can do is to leave it alone. If it’s in your house, you may want to move it, but if you do you should be very careful. A female wolf spider is likely to be carrying young on her back (you will see them), so it’s important you get her removed from your home before they decide to take permanent residence. Make sure you call your local exterminator so they can safely remove the spider from your home, without necessarily killing it.

Chances are, if you come across a wolf spider, it may just be passing through, and it’s likely to move on in a day or so.

How To Get Rid Of Wolf Spiders

Many people would love to get able to get rid of wolf spiders, even though a lot of them do little or no harm. Most of us are used to seeing spider webs in and outside our homes and although they may be helping to get rid of flies and other nasty bugs, we still want to get rid of them and prevent them from coming back.

If you have been looking for ways to get rid of wolf spiders, chances are you’ve not had much luck, because even if you keep your doors and windows closed, they still somehow manage to find a way in.

Here are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t actively encourage any wolf spider into your home.

Do not give them places to hide

Use plastic storage containers to store your belongings in your attic or garage. Make sure the containers have tight fitting lids so no wolf spider can find their way in. Spiders like to hide behind drapes because they’re warm and the little critter can go undisturbed for quite some time, using blinds will help to deter them from living near your windows.

Vacuum your house frequently

You don’t have to go overboard, but vacuuming your house about once a week should be sufficient enough to get rid of spiders. One of the best things you can do is get rid of baby wolf spiders as they will not grow into adults who decide to take up permanent residence in your home. During the spring, make sure you vacuum all those nooks and crannies, this can help you to eliminate baby wolf spiders and any insects they would naturally feed on.

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Stop feeding the wolf spider

You may not exactly be putting down a bowl of food for the wolf spiders in your home, but you may be feeding them without even realizing it. If you tend to have a lot of insects in your home, you will be making it an ideal place for wolf spiders to live. If the food is there, the wolf spiders will come, so try not to leave out any empty bottles, food or boxes that insects may just love to munch on.

Wipe the surfaces with lemon juice

Wipe your surfaces, including windows and some furniture with lemon juice and you are quite likely to repulse wolf spiders that try to live in your home. Spiders hate lemon juice, and as they taste with their feet as well as their mouth, they will avoid stepping on the affected areas.

The above tips are safe and environmentally friendly ways for you to eliminate wolf spiders from your home, without the use of chemicals. Not everyone wants to kill wolf spiders, they simply want them to leave their home and stay away. Standing on a wolf spider may not resolve the issue as there may be others lurking in a corner somewhere, so get out that lemon juice, change your drapes for blinds and keep some of your belongings in plastic boxes. And don’t forget that wolf spiders are poisonous, I mean you don’t have to search for are wolf spiders poisonous? Yes, they are and this is the reason that you have to get rid of them.


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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderfully interesting hub and now looking forward to many more.


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      Omfg 2 years ago

      Please stop contributing to ignorance. "Learned" NOT "learnt". The irony.

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      Vageater 2 years ago

      Banana soup

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      Prussianfire 2 years ago

      Omfg, in British English, "learnt" is correct.

      -an Irishman

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      America 20 months ago

      prussianfire, all I "learnt" from your comment is that your entire country is illiterate

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      Emilee 20 months ago

      I dont know if it was a spider or not but i saw a look a like spider on the edge of my screen and i was pretyy micj not paying attenton it was brownish. And my sister saod we had 2 of them in our room and i became paranpod that the spider bit me or not what should i keep an eye put for ?

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      Bogie 20 months ago

      Leave people alone just cuz they talk funny jeez!!!

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      Tatiana b 3 months ago

      why is there a such thing as wolf spiders. if they are so dangerous why can't they just get rid of them in different.

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