With its long legs, big body, and domineering stoicism, the Carolina Wolf Spider can be very intimidating. It is often confused with the Brown Recluse, a much deadlier arachnid. Thankfully, Carolina Wolf Spiders and Brown Recluses are only similar in color and size. The Carolina Wolf Spider does not have the same violin marking as the Brown Recluse and unlike the recluse, the wolf spider can be found roaming out in the open.
The most notable difference between these two spiders is their venom. Getting bitten by a recluse can be fatal if left untreated, but a bite from a wolf spider is usually harmless, except for brief pain and swelling.
The Carolina Wolf Spider is very common in this area, but can be found all over North America as well. When they invade homes in search of warmth, some of their favorite places are basements and garages, especially unfinished ones. They also enjoy gardens and woodlands, but have no real preference overall. The Carolina Wolf Spider can be found just about anywhere. Even though these relatively large spiders are a bit frightening, they are also very interesting. Listed below are some fun facts about the spider that gets its namesake from our region…
- Instead of building webs, the wolf spider chooses to burrow
- The wolf spider feeds on other insects
- The Carolina Wolf Spider is the largest wolf spider in the United States
- Females will often kill the male after mating
- The wolf spider is known for how quickly it attacks its prey
- The wolf spider has long legs and can reach up to almost 1.5 inches in body length
Now that you know a little more about the Carolina Wolf Spider, you can distinguish it from the more harmful ones. While this particular spider is not usually harmful, spiders in general can wreck a person's sense of well-being. If you are anxious about a possible spider infestation, or any other pest problem, please give Gibson Pest Control a call.