They are named for their wolf-like hunting behavior and are known for their fast running speed and powerful bites.
Wolf spiders are large, robust spiders that are found all over the world, including in the United States. They are named for their wolf-like hunting behavior and are known for their fast running speed and powerful bites.
These spiders are typically brown or gray in color, with a pattern of stripes or spots on their backs. They have eight eyes arranged in three rows, with the four largest eyes in the front row. Wolf spiders are usually solitary and do not spin webs, preferring to actively hunt their prey. They feed on a variety of insects, including other spiders.
Wolf spiders are not considered dangerous to humans, although their bites can be painful and cause some swelling and redness. They are not aggressive and will usually try to avoid human contact if possible. Wolf spiders are more commonly found outdoors, in fields, forests, and other natural areas. However, they can occasionally wander into homes or other buildings in search of food or shelter.
If you encounter a wolf spider, it is generally best to leave it alone. If you must remove it, use a cup or container and gently guide it outside. If you are bitten by a wolf spider, clean the bite area with soap and water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Seek medical attention if you experience severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing or a severe allergic reaction.