What You Should Know About Wolf Spiders In South Carolina


Some pests have a bite that’s worse than their bark. Other pests have a bark that’s worse than their bite. In the case of the humble wolf spider, their abilities lie somewhere in between. Wolf spiders are large, hairy, and downright scary spiders found around South Carolina. You won’t be hard-pressed to spot this pest when out and about, especially if you notice:

  • A spider that is more than 1 inch long from leg to leg 
  • A fuzz-covered arachnid that has a color pattern of brown or tan stripes 
  • A spider head with eight eyes arranged in three rows, with the largest eyes on top

It isn’t any wonder how wolf spiders intimidate their human hosts, especially with their large sizes. Unlike other arachnids, wolf spiders do not use their webs to ensnare prey, but rather create a home base using rudimentary silk patterns. They don’t spin any webs at all! These agile and intelligent predators travel nomadically with their prey and strategize ways to ambush them when least expected. Instead of building webs, Wolf spiders construct spherical burrows with openings covered by a silken door.  This makes them able to track and follow prey anywhere they roam!

Although wolf spiders are surprisingly scary looking (especially for those with arachnophobia), this species of pest does not pose a significant risk to people, pets, or their property. All spiders have sharp fangs, and all carry some level of venom. However, their potency is greatly variable. In the case of wolf spiders, these creatures are not able to do us any harm. If wolf spiders don’t cause any damage around the home, what’s the real problem when they come inside? Let’s take a look at some of the problems below.

Why Wolf Spider Problems Usually Mean Secondary Pest Problems

Wolf spiders are creatures that prefer to remain outdoors. Not only is the food selection much better in the great outdoors, but it is much easier to find shelter, water, and quiet hiding places in areas of non-human habitation. However, wolf spiders can and will find themselves inside if certain outstanding conditions are met. The most common of these may include:

  • Large amounts of air moisture or humidity present around the home 
  • Lots of clutter, junk, and other items build up creating hiding places on the floor 
  • The presence of prey pests inside the home

The last point mentioned here is one of the biggest reasons why wolf spiders consider breaking into human residences. There could be any number of secondary pest infestations growing just beneath your nose, and all sorts of insects that could be providing spiders with a plentiful selection of meals. If spiders are on your property, chances are that a significant pest infestation drawing them closer and closer to your home. Not sure what kind of pests could be infesting your South Carolina home? Get some professional eyes on the issue with The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc.

Strike Out Wolf Spiders With Services From The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc.

Prevention steps and general awareness will significantly reduce your chances of inducing a wolf spider infestation. However, if you are currently facing a secondary infestation that could be attracting spiders, you will need more than a little DIY (do it yourself) to resolve the problem.

The best way to keep wolf spiders and their pest prey species out of your South Carolina home is with expert help from the crew at The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. Schedule your free household inspection today to receive timely treatments, follow-up visits, and year-round services that keep you protected all year long. 

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