These spiders are often hairy and big which worries most people. They are primarily a nuisance. There are over 100 species of wolf spiders in the United States and Canada. Female wolf spiders can live for several years and males only live for a year or less. Sometimes they can be mistaken for tarantulas.
“The name “wolf spider” encompasses a large family of spiders, most of which are large, dark-colored and athletic. Unlike most spiders that catch their prey in webs, wolf spiders violently hunt it down using their strong bodies and sharp eyesight. These spiders also exhibit unique parenting habits that are of great interest to scientists.
Wolf spiders live almost everywhere in the world, according to the BioKids. They are especially common in grasslands and meadows, but also live in mountains, deserts, rainforests and wetlands — anywhere they can find insects to eat,” according to Live Science.
Here are some interesting facts about Wolf Spiders:
When threatened, wolf spiders will bite but they are not harmful to humans.
If bitten, human victims may exhibit some redness or swelling but typically no serious medical problems result.
They actively hunt during the night and usually rest in sheltered places during the day. They pursue prey and are very fast on their feet.
“Wolf spiders may enter structures in search of prey. Although they are not inclined to be permanent residents in structures, they often stay once inside. Indoors, wolf spiders tend to remain at or near floor level, especially along walls and under furniture. Outside, wolf spiders can be found under stones, landscape timbers, firewood, leaves and other debris,” states Pest World.
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