Wolf Spider

Actual Size: 1 ½”

Characteristics: Large; black, gray, or brown pattern on the back.

Legs: 8

Habitat: Active both day and night, and are frequently found in dark areas like basements or garages. Hunts prey instead of catching it in webs.


  • Females may keep spiderlings on their back while they grow.
  • Hunts prey rather than building webs to capture it.
  • Patrols the ground for prey, and are active day and night.


Wolf Spiders in your area

Wold spiders are a common pest across the United States, especially in warm southern states. These spiders have excellent vision and even use a reflective structure in their eyes to maximize their sight at night. Most wolf spiders are antisocial and will run if they spot a human. In total darkness, people can shine a flashlight at ground level to illuminate the green eyes of this spider – often reflected anywhere from 10 to 30 feet away. Though wolf spiders are rarely pests, they may wander indoors where their large size can frighten homeowners.

Wolf Spider Habitat

Unlike other spiders, wolf spiders do not build webs to capture prey. Instead, they use their excellent vision to patrol the ground for small spiders and other insects. Though wolf spiders are solitary creatures, they can live by the thousands in dark and protected areas like leaf litter and tall grass. Females will often carry their young on their backs, which can look quite unnerving. Some wolf spiders will build and protect small burrows, while others are free-roaming. Because these spiders feed on spiders and other small insects, they are an important part of their ecosystem.

Wolf Spider Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Though wolf spiders are large and frightening, they are not aggressive and generally run away from humans. They typically only bite if they are provoked or threatened. Their bites can be painful, but they are generally not dangerous except for allergic individuals or those with a compromised immune system such as children or the elderly. If you notice the signs of a wolf spider infestation on your property, call your local spider exterminators today.