Appearance Wolf spiders have two large eyes, and directly under them is a row of 4 smaller eyes. This is a unique feature to the wolf spider. The wolf spider is usually dark in colors such as brown, tan, black, or gray; and many have even darker markings . They also have a large body and athletic features, such as long legs. This is due to their hunting habits, and their ability to run and pounce on their prey. Ranging from 1/4 of an inch, to over an inch long, wolf spiders are the second to largest spider in Western Washington next to the funnel weaver. Wolf spiders can be found just about everywhere. They are especially common in grasslands, but are also known to inhabit mountains, deserts, rainforests, and even wetlands. They are very diverse and have been successful in expanding their population all over the world, in all sorts of climates. These spiders live in burrows, either made by themself or they will use abandon rodent burrows to live in. These burrows may be open, but have also been known to have silken doors. Habitat Entry and Damage Wolf spiders will enter homes when the warm weather is starting to turn colder. They will be looking for warmer places to inhabit, and it you have many bugs around your home unfortunately this means you could have a wolf spider looking to move in. Many times they will wander in during the the night, while they are hunting for their next meal. Although wolf spiders do not cause structual damage to a home, it doesn't mean you want them there. The are a poisonous species, but their venom does not effect humans. They bite may sting, but the venom is harmless for people. It is always a smart choice to have a doctor look at it immediately, to make sure no allergic reactions emerge. Wolf spiders will typically only bite/attack a human if they feel threatened, or if it is a female who is carrying an egg sac. Prevention The best ways to deter wolf spiders from entering your home are cleaning up around your house. Making sure to clean up debis piles that can provide shelter for the spider. Also, making sure to seal your home is a very effective method. Seal up your windows, cracks, or crevices that may be inviting for a wolf spider. Seal your doors by using weather stripping or door sweeps. Make sure your windows have proper screening, and your crawlspace is sealed. If you find yourself already having a problem with wolf spiders, or any spiders for that matter, here at Critter Control of Seattle can help you resolve the problem. With the use of exclusion, traditional pesticides, or even eco-friendly products, we will work with you to rid yourself of these creepy little critters. If you have a problem with wolf spiders, or are looking for some preventive solutions, call Critter Control of Seattle. Critter Control of Seattle Service Area Algona, Auburn, Beaux Arts Village, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Brier, Buckley, Burien, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Covington, Darrington, Des Moines, Dupont, Duvall, Edgewood, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Everett, Fall City, Federal Way, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Medina, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Milton, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Newcastle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Pacific, Preston, Puyallup, Ravensdale, Redmond, Renton, Ruston, Sammamish, Seatac, Seattle, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, South Hill, South Prairie, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, Woodinville, Woodway, Yarrow Point, King County, Pierce County. This franchise is independently owned and operated by Awrylo Enterprises, Inc. dba Critter Control of Seattle. Licensed, bonded, and insured.