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Everything You Should Know About Nashville's Wolf Spiders

July 20, 2022

While Nashville is known for its music scene, it offers much more. The rolling hills and thick, lush trees are perfect for biking excursions when you leave downtown Nashville. With abundant wildlife and lovely foliage surrounding this bustling city, is it any wonder that wolf spiders find Nashville a perfect place for hunting prey? When the wolf spider's hunt leads them into your home, you may need experienced Nashville pest control professionals to help them back outside.

Are Wolf Spiders Aggressive?

Wolf spiders are large, hairy spiders (ranging from 1/4 to 3/8 inches for the males and 3/8 to 1 3/8 inches for the females) that can be pretty intimidating. You might think their large bodies would slow them down, but they are pretty fast. They are accomplished hunters that generally come out at night to search for prey. Wolf spiders are not considered aggressive; however, they will defend themselves.

Three scenarios where wolf spiders may bite include:

  1. If they get trapped against your skin
  2. If handled roughly
  3. They are frightened

Bites usually produce pain, redness, and some swelling. The after-effects of a wolf spider's bite typically subside within 24 hours. Even though wolf spiders aren't generally aggressive, it is still important to explore their characteristics and look out for them.

Can Wolf Spiders Jump?

Wolf spiders are not social arachnids; they prefer to live and hunt by themselves. They typically rest during the day in sheltered areas, but they are ready for the hunt when night falls. Wolf spiders are unique; they do not spin webs to catch prey.

They are natural-born predators that prefer to stalk their prey. They chase their victim down, pounce on it, and subdue it by sinking their venomous fangs into it. While wolf spiders may lift off the ground a few inches when attacking, they are not known for their exceptional jumping ability.

Should I Kill Or Release Wolf Spiders Found Inside My Home?

A wolf spider prefers to live outdoors. On occasion, it may enter your home in search of prey. While they may not plan to stay for long, they might get cozy if they find an abundant food supply.

Homeowners typically find wolf spiders on the ground level of homes by the walls, under furniture, around doors and windows, and by plants. Since wolf spiders are not aggressive by nature, there is no reason to kill them. While it might be tempting to squash them, there are valid reasons to trap them and relocate them.

Three reasons why homeowners should try to relocate wolf spiders include:

  1. They help eliminate harmful insects in your home.
  2. They are food sources for animals in the food chain.
  3. You may let loose hundreds of babies into your home. They ride on their mom's abdomen until they are big enough to hunt.

A wolf spider here or there in your home is not a cause for concern. However, if you find yourselves inundated with wolf spiders, a call to Cima Solutions can help you remove them.

Comprehensive Spider Control For Nashville Homes

Most people who notice increased spider activity around their home want them gone fast! Cima Solutions is a local pest company dedicated to providing excellent, friendly residential pest control service to our customers.

Our knowledge of pests in the Nashville area dates back to 2010; we are experts in our field. We are committed to using environmentally friendly products to remove your pest problems while protecting those you love. Call Cima Solutions today for a free estimate and inspection.