Worried about the side effects from a wolf spider bite? During the fall, wolf spiders are common household pests. You can spot them looking for a warm place in garages and basements and around widows and doors. You won’t find them spinning webs, but they do roam around during the night on the prowl for food. Wolf spiders are members of the Lycosidae family and there are about 125 species found all across America and there are 50 species throughout Europe. They are brown and gray with diverse stripe-like markings on their backs and they are extremely hairy.
Now, even though bite from a wolf spider is poisonous, it’s venom is not deadly. Just as with any insect bite the reaction from a bite varies from one person to the next. Place an ice pack on the wound if you are bitten to help the swelling go down. And don’t hesitate to see your doctors if necessary. Wolf spiders typically are not aggressive. But, if they are disturbed or feel threatened, they move extremely fast. Wolf spiders make their homes underneath rocks or they dig holes. They cover burrows using leaves or grass.
A full grown wolf spider is typically measures around a half an inch to two inches long. But the most unusual characteristic of the wolf spider is the fact that they have four small eyes in the bottom row, two large eyes int he middle row and two medium eyes in the top row. Their name originated from the belief that they hunt for their meals. So, again, a bite is not poisonous, but may warrant medical treatment. Keep your eye out for them during the fall and remember, they are shy and move quicker than the blink of an eye.