Wolf spider identification for pest control in MA, ME, and NH

Wolf Spiders

Appearance
Wolf spiders range from about 1/2 inch to 2 inches in length, hairy, and are typically brown to gray in color with various markings or lines.

Habitat
They are commonly found around doors, windows, house plants, basements, garages, and in almost all terrestrial habitats. They do not spin a web but roam at night to hunt for food.

Diet
Wolf spiders feed primarily on insects. Some larger wolf spiders may also prey on small vertebrates.

Reproduction
While males rarely live beyond one year, female wolf spiders may live for several. Once she has mated, the female will lay a clutch of eggs and wrap them in a round, silk ball. She attaches the egg case to the underside of her abdomen, using her spinnerets to hold it in place.