Expert Tips On How To Get Rid Of Wolf Spiders In Natomas
Wolf spiders are common spiders in California. But many people don't know much about these spiders, making it more challenging for them to keep these pests out of their homes.
With the assistance of Bell Pest Control for quality pest control in Natomas, you can learn everything you need to know about wolf spiders and what it takes to prevent them.
Wolf Spiders: Identification & Habits
Wolf spiders are a species of small hairy spiders. The females are about 3/8 to 1 3/8 inches long, and the males are 3/4 inches long. They have dark brown bodies with lighter markings, a pair of large eyes on top of their head, two large eyes at the front, and four small eyes around their mouth. Interestingly, the two larger eyes will reflect light in the dark.
Like other species, wolf spiders are nocturnal. When we think of spiders, we think of the webs they build and use to catch prey, but wolf spiders don't make webs. Instead, they hide in burrows that they dig or ones that animals have abandoned. They actively hunt for their prey, waiting for it to pass by the shelter.
While there are two dangerous spider species in North America, the wolf spider isn't one of them. However, they can deliver a painful bite, which may result in swelling, skin irritation, or an allergic reaction in some people.
Common Ways Wolf Spiders Enter Houses
Some types of spiders do well indoors, meaning they have access to enough prey and can reproduce, but wolf spiders aren't a species that likes to be inside. Still, they sometimes wander in, usually because they follow prey through open windows and doors, missing or damaged screens, cracks in the foundation, or other entry points in a home's exterior. And even though they are not a species that likes to be indoors, female wolf spiders carry their eggs, so there is a chance they can hatch in your home and become a more significant issue.
Wolf spiders, and other species, can also be carried inside on packages, potted plants, and other items, so be sure to check for any hitchhikers!
Four Expert Tactics On Dealing With Wolf Spiders
To prevent wolf spiders in your home, you should focus on making them less attractive to the prey pests they hunt. Here are four ways you can make your home less attractive to wolf spiders:
- Reduce exterior light use at night to keep from attracting the prey pests that draw them.
- Make the necessary repairs to the exterior of your home, such as replacing damaged screens, filling in cracks and holes around the foundation, and inspecting for any other damage.
- Keep from attracting prey pests by eliminating the food sources they look for, such as crumbs and food debris, open food containers, and accessible garbage.
- Reduce the moisture in your home by keeping your yard clear of organic debris, maintaining gutters, and repairing leaking pipes and faucets.
While these tips will help to reduce the likelihood of a wolf spider problem in your home, you may still need expert assistance for total prevention.
Total Spider Prevention Programs For Natomas Residents
If you are experiencing a wolf spider problem in your home, you can work with our experts at Bell Pest Control. Our residential pest control services will get rid of spiders and prevent them from returning.
First, we perform a thorough inspection to identify what pests are actively a problem, where they are entering, and what areas are a concern. Then, we develop an effective pest control plan to meet your home's specific needs and provide long-lasting solutions to protect your home from wolf spiders and other pests.
No spiders are welcome in any home, so contact Bell Pest Control today to get started with pest control that will keep these eight-legged critters out of your Natomas home.
This family-owned and operated company has over forty years of pest control experience. They know how to handle wolf spiders and other pests you may have. Call now for a free estimate or inspection.