Wolf Spider Infestations: What To Do About These Large Arachnids Around Your Yakima County Home

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Spiders are frequent houseguests in Yakima homes, and wolf spiders are just one type that visits. If you’re finding lots of wolf spiders around your house, you need Yakima County pest control that you can trust to get the job done. With Prosite, you’ll never have to worry about wolf spiders or other pests again. We’ll handle it for you.

How Wolf Spiders Are Different Than Other Spiders

When you think of spiders, you probably think of a few characteristics: eight legs, eating insects, and spin webs. These are all true for most types of spiders, but wolf spiders are a little different. Instead of spinning webs, wolf spiders just run after their prey. They hunt at night and can run as fast as two feet per second; this allows them to chase down crickets, cockroaches, and other insects to eat. 

Female wolf spiders range from 1/4 to 1 inch. Males are smaller, typically between 1 3/4 of an inch. They have hairy bodies and long legs. Wolf spiders in Yakima County are dark brown with lighter stripes or a mottled pattern; this helps them blend in with the ground at night while they hunt.  During the day, wolf spiders hide underneath things in secluded areas. 

Wolf Spider Bites Are Painful But Rare

The good news is that wolf spiders only bite if handled. They’ll leave you alone as long as you leave them alone. These spiders are not medically dangerous so you won’t react strongly to their bite. You’ll likely experience some localized pain that will go away on its own. You should see a doctor if you ever develop difficulty breathing, nausea, muscle stiffness, or pain that doesn’t go away after a spider bite. However, you don’t need to worry about wolf spiders because they only bite people rarely and don’t cause significant harm. 

A Great Way To Get Rid Of A Wolf Spider Infestation

Wolf spiders tend to stay out of sight, making removing them difficult. But there’s an easy solution to wolf spider infestations; Prosite. Our professional spider management specialists will inspect your home, allowing us to find harborage sites, entry points, and anything that could attract wolf spiders to your home. Then we begin our wolf spider treatments, prioritizing the best methods for your home. We believe in individualized pest control, so you’ll always get spider treatments designed especially for your needs. Give Prosite a call to learn more about how we get rid of wolf spiders from your home. 

Practical Tips To Prevent Wolf Spiders In The Future

Wolf spider prevention centers on eliminating entry points and removing factors that attract them. Try these tips to keep spiders from coming back to your home: 

  • Reduce clutter around your home
  • Keep yard debris and wood piles several feet from your home
  • Seal cracks and holes in the walls
  • Address other pest issues

Clutter and yard debris can provide harborage sites for wolf spiders or places where they hide during the day. Removing as much clutter as possible means fewer spots for wolf spiders to hide around your home. You should keep piles of yard debris or firewood several feet away from your home and elevated off the ground so wolf spiders can’t travel from the piles to your house. 

Cracks, holes, and other openings around your home can let wolf spiders in; this includes gaps around windows and doors. Go around your house and make any necessary repairs to make sure wolf spiders don’t have any way to get inside.

Wolf spiders eat insects and other spiders. If there are a lot of wolf spiders around your home, there’s probably something feeding them. You might need to identify and treat another pest problem to get rid of the spiders.

Following these tips can help keep spiders away from your home. But when they show up and you can’t get rid of them, call Prosite for fast and effective home pest control in Yakima County.