How to get rid of wolf spiders?

Before you formulate a plan to get rid of or kill the spiders living in your home, you need to make sure you know what species of spider you’re dealing with specifically.

Wolf spiders are one of the most popular and divisive spider species. Homeowners typically react with overwhelming love or hate for them. They are hairy, have eight legs, and move faster than most people can track.

Because of the wolf’s spider’s appearance, speed, and tendency to bite, they are regarded as a pest and are very difficult to get rid of.

In this post, we’ll be telling you how to solve your wolf spider problem.

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Species of Wolf Spiders

There are over 125 wolf spider species in the United States alone and thousands of other more common, dangerous ones that share similar characteristics with the wolf spider.

Before you formulate a plan to get rid of or kill the spiders living in your home, you need to make sure you know what species of spider you’re dealing with specifically.

How to Identify a Wolf Spider?

Wolf spiders are larger than most household spiders.

A fully grown wolf spider can reach up to  4-inches in length,  though the male spiders tend to the smaller than their female counterpart. 

Female wolf spiders reach up to 1-3/8 inches in height and up to 4 inches in length, while make typically stop growing at 3/4 inches.

They have eight eyes like most spiders, but they’re set in a unique pattern that favors their predatory habits.

Another interesting physical feature that sets the wolf spider apart from other popular pest spiders is the protective nature of female wolf spiders.




Are Wolf Spiders Dangerous to Humans?

Wolf spiders have hairs around their bodies, are fairly large, and resemble some of the deadliest species of spiders on the planet.

Most people’s first reaction to seeing them is fear and maybe violence, however, they are fairly harmless as far as home invaders go. Some enthusiasts even keep them on as pets.

Wolf spiders, unlike most other spiders, have a non-toxic bite to humans.

When a wolf spider bites you, at most you’ll feel a great deal of pain followed by a slight itch that lasts days, then nothing else. The pain from the bite only lasts about 10 minutes and is caused by the puncture wound, not the poison flooding the body’s system. Children and older people should seek medical attention after a bite as they typically have a weaker immune system.

Wolf spiders don’t also go around biting as many people as they can find. They are shy creatures and will not attack unless they feel threatened or under attack. And even then, their first reaction would be to hop away and keep their distance from you.

What Kills Wolf Spiders

There are tons of effective ways you can kill or exterminate wolf spiders from your residence. Each Method is guaranteed to get you some results, though they might not safeguard your home from future invasions.

Using Insecticides and Pesticides

Using pesticides is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to handle a wolf spider infestation.

There are hundreds of insecticides and pesticides you can opt for that will get rid of wolf spiders, along with other popular house insects.

However, there are specific products designed to control wolf spiders specifically.

If you can, you want to search for products that leave a residue over time, as they are more likely to reduce the risk of future infestation. These types of insecticides contain pyrethroids and are plant-based.

They are one of the most effective types of insecticides against all species of spiders but beware. They are less safe for kids and pets, so you want to spray this when you’re sure the kid and pets are out of the house.

Also, wear gloves before you spray them indoors.

Ensure to set up a stable barrier when you’re spraying the pesticide or insecticide of your choice. This means you spray around the outside of your home, targeting corners, doors, and windows specifically.

When you’re spraying, you also want to target leaf litter, yard debris,  grassy areas, and corners areas both indoors and outdoors, especially on the floor. Wolf spiders skulk around since they don’t use webs, so they’re more likely to get them.

Boric Acid

Boric acid is a common powdered chemical used for pest control in general,
but it’s particularly effective against wolf spiders. Sprinkling it
along wall edges, old cardboard boxes, yard debris, and cracks are a
really effective way to get rid of wolf spiders.

The chemical is deceptively effective because it attacks them on so many levels.

When they scuttle across it, it leaves
gashes and cuts that cause them to leak bodily fluids. On top of that,
they also ingest the acid when they try to groom themselves and poison

Like spraying pesticides, this is the safest method of wolf spider control. While the chemical might kill wolf spiders and other pests, it might also poison pests and put children at risk.


Safe Home Remedies to Get Rid of Wolf Spiders

There are a couple of less invasive and more family-friendly ways to get rid of wolf spiders without putting your family in danger.

Admittedly, it is as effective or quick as using pesticides, however, these methods do have their merits, especially if you plan to stay at home while you work out your pest problems.

Glue boards and strips

Glue strips are effective for just about any pests big or small, and trap wolf spiders surprisingly well, their speed and agility notwithstanding.

Spread glue boards around your home and make sure to target ledges, corners, cardboard boxes, entry points, etc. You can use your preferred type of glue trap. You get a bonus point if you find and trap insects in the glue trap first to lure the spiders in.


Hexa-Hydroxyl is your top choice if you’re looking for a natural insecticide that is not harmful to humans and pets.

It contains a mix of plant oils and attacks certain neural pathways that exist in arachnids like the wolf spider.

Relocating wolf spiders

Wolf spiders and most pets invade people’s homes and gardens for survival and are non-toxic despite their outward appearance. If you manage to capture a wolf spider after making your home less conducive for them, you could potentially release them out into your yard or off your property.

You will only need a glass container and fast enough reflexes to capture them before they jump or run away.

Kill the Spider with a Broom

If you’re really on a budget or you’re just dead set on killing the pest, you can strike the wolf spider with a broom, or shoe. Any solid object with decent heft should produce a similar result.

Using a vacuum cleaner is also another great option.

You won’t have to deal with cleaning up the spider remains and you can kill multiple spiders. This method requires some finesse and care. The spider might bite you if you miss or hop away, so make sure you strike true when you do.

Wash the Pest Away with a  spray of water

By using a strong jet of water from your garden hose, you can scare a wolf spider and keep them away.

Since wolf spiders are agile, the water spray will not likely kill them and it can’t prevent wolf spider invasions in the future, so were recommend pairing it with chemical treatment.

For example, you could spray the many areas that wolf spiders typically hide out both indoors and outdoors, and proceed to use Boric acid or any other solution discussed.

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You can use Thanos Ultrasonic Rodent Repellent to repel the spider.

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Sprinkling natural repellents

Lime is a natural repellent to most insects and works against wolf spiders especially.

Another great repellent you can try for spider control is peppermint oil, citrus, peppermint, or anything with some peppermint in it. These repellents will not kill any wolf spiders, but they work very well. Keep a constant pressure for a few days and you will notice fewer spiders lurking around your home.

Let your Cat play with them

Cats are natural hunters and are playful with their prey.

If you can’t be bothered to kill wolf spiders yourself, letting your cat hunt and kill them is a valid alternative. They have very sharp claws and will smack the spiders for a while before eventually pouncing on them.

Call Pest control

If you don’t find any of these methods particularly appealing, you can call pest control or spider control service that specialize in wolf spider control and extermination.

They cost more than all of the methods explored, but they are the most reliable way to tackle wolf spider control if you have more than a few lurking around.



  • Wolf spiders are less of a nuisance than we think they are.

    They might have a nasty bite and are difficult to get rid of, especially if there are multiple of them hanging around your home.

    As long as you don’t panic or don’t antagonize them by prodding and trying to touch them, they will leave you alone. Circle through this list of potential hunting solutions to see which ones you like best and remember to call u a spider control or pest control service if you need extra help.

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