Generic filters
Exact matches only
Filter by Categories
Bed Bug Treatments
Bee-Removal
Commercial Pest Control
Garden Pests and Lawn Pests
Open to the Public
Other Pests
Pest Control Ants
Ant Baits
Ant Research
Pest Control Birds
Pest Control Cockroaches
Cockroach Baits
Cockroach Research
Pest Control Equipment
Pest Control Fabric Pests
Pest Control Fleas
Pest Control Flies
Pest Control Mosquitoes
Pest Control Products
Pest Control Software
Pest Control Spiders
Pest Control Stored Product Pests
Pest Control Ticks
Pest Control Treatments
Pest Control Wasps
Professional Pest Manager Magazine
Rodent Control
Mouse traps and Rat Traps
Rat Bait and mouse bait
Rodent Research
Running a pest control business
Insurance
Sales and Marketing
Training
Termite and Pest Inspections
Termite Professional magazine
Termite Research
Termite Treatment
Baits
Pre-construction
Soil treatment
Filter by content type
Taxonomy terms

Wolf spiders (Lycosidae species)

wolf spider

Wolf spiders are found across Australia. They are ground spider found in the leaf litter and in burrows. In urban areas they are common in lawns and gardens.

The body length varies by species and can be anywhere between 1 – 8 cm.

The colour varies predominately a combination of browns, greys and black, sometimes with white and yellow, often in a patterns / strips on the thorax and abdomen. including white and yellow.

Wolf spiders have a unique eye arrangement – 8 eyes in three rows in a 4:2:2 arrangement with four small eyes in a row above the fangs and the four larger eyes in a square further back on the head. The middle row of two eyes on the top of the head can be significantly larger than the rest.

They are fast runners.

Web:

Wolf spiders are wandering spiders and do not build a web.

Mating:

Male wolf spiders locate a female burrow by odour. They perform a series of leg and palp movements as part of a courtship ritual prior to mating and mate outside the burrow during the night.

Eggs:

The female produces a ball shaped egg sac which she attaches to her spinnerets and thus carries around with her.

Wolf spider spiderlings:

When the eggs hatch, the spiderlings ride around on the female’s back until they are ready to disperse.

Life-span:

Wolf spiders generally live for around a year.

Wolf spiders prey on ground dwelling invertebrates, but will attack small vertebrates. Indeed two species of wolf spider are known to eat cane toads.

Wolf spiders are not seen as harmful to humans.

Symptoms:

Generally mild bite with localised pain / itchiness

In occasional more severe reactions there may be prolonged pain, dizziness and nausea

First aid:

  • Apply an ice pack to the bite area
  • (Capture or take a photo of the spider for identification)
  • Seek medical attention if an allergic reaction occurs

Wolf spiders are everywhere and there is little in the way of preventative measures, other than ensuring doors and screens are well fitted to minimise entry into buildings.

Treatment notes:

Professional Pest Managers can login for more information