Although wolf spiders can look rather menacing because they are large and hairy, they actually do not pose a significant threat to people. Though they hunt and attack their prey, they are more likely to run away from a human when frightened than to attack. Like many types of spiders, wolf spiders do not tend to bite humans unless they are provoked or get trapped against a person’s skin.
Often times, before a wolf spider lands a bite, it will rear back and expose its fangs. Bites from wolf spiders are not deadly to humans and usually are not any more significant than a bee sting. However, if a person is very sensitive or allergic to these types of bites, a wolf spider’s bite may cause more a serious reaction.
A bite victim may experience pain or swelling at the location of the bite or notice some redness. The skin in that area can even turn black. More serious reactions may include body aches, fever, itching, nausea, or vomiting.
If you or someone else is bitten by a spider, it is important to seek the appropriate medical treatment, particularly if the victim is allergic to these types of bites. If possible, it is helpful to take the spider along for proper identification.
The best way to avoid wolf spider bites is to control the spiders by eliminating the things that attract them in the first place. Remove piles of debris, trim tall vegetation, and keep trash cans and firewood piles away from the house. These areas can provide harborage for insects and spiders or provide food for pests, which then attract the spiders. Also seal up cracks and crevices that would allow the spiders to get inside the home. Outdoor lighting can attract flies and pests that the spiders will feed on. It is helpful to use yellow or sodium-vapor bulbs, which are less attractive to pests, or to move the lights farther away from the structure.
Just as mosquito bites and bee stings don’t cause severe reactions in most people, they can be toxic to those who allergic. The same can be said about bites from a wolf spider.
At the bite location, a victim may notice pain, swelling, or redness. For those who have allergic reactions, they may experience fever, pain, itching, or body aches. The skin may even turn blackish where the bite occurs.
If a wolf spider, or any other type of spider, bites you, it is important to get the appropriate medical treatment, especially if you generally have allergic reactions to insect bites. It is best to take the spider along for identification if possible.
The best way to avoid wolf spider bites is to control the spiders. A key part of control is eliminating what the spiders need to survive, particularly their food. Keep firewood piles and trash cans away from the house, as these things will attract pests, which in turn, attract spiders. Also clean up piles of outdoor debris that may harbor insects or spiders. Consider moving outdoor lighting away from the house or using yellow or sodium-vapor bulbs, which are much less attractive to many pests.