Color
Usually dark brown, often with paler stripes or markings, or sometimes yellow with dark stripes or markings
Shape
Stout-robust body with long, spiny legs
Antennae
No
Region
Found throughout U.S.
Legs
8
Size
3/8″ – 1 3/8″ (female), 1/4″ – 3/4″ (male)
Flying
N/A
Wolf Spiders

Habits: Wolf spiders actively hunt during the night and sometimes during the day. They are fast on their feet and pursue prey. Because of these habits, they are commonly seen by people

Habitat: Wolf spiders may enter structures in search of prey. Although they are not inclined to be permanent residents in structures, once inside, they often stay. Inside they tend to stay at or near floor level, especially along walls under furniture and other objects. Wolf spiders may be brought indoors with firewood. Outside they can be found under stones, landscape timbers, firewood, under decks in leaf litter, etc. They often rest in such sheltered places during the day.

Prevention: To get rid of wolf spiders, seal cracks on the outside of the home and use screens on doors and windows. Pest management professionals will often place glue traps where the wolf spiders have been seen in order to remove them from the home.