Fall is here, which means bright orange leaves, apple cider, the fall hiking spree–and spiders! As the weather cools, spiders will come through the cracks and crevices in your home seeking a warm environment.
Meet the wolf spider! In Northeast Ohio, the wolf spider is the most common spider. These little guys are smaller than two inches in diameter and will congregate around doors, windows, inside plants, basements, and garages.
Wolf spiders are runners; they don’t spin webs and they move quickly on long legs. Although their bite can cause irritation, they are not poisonous.
Wolf spiders are often confused with brown recluses. Both are similar in color, but brown recluses have a violin-shaped marking behind their head.
How to discourage the wolf spider: The best way to deal with spiders, as with any pest, is to be proactive rather than reactive. Before spiders become a problem, keep your house clean and your food properly stored away. If you reduce the number of bugs in your home, you will also reduce the number of spiders because the spiders depend on those bugs for food. Also, clean out your closets seasonally from the top shelf to the rear corner.
If you have to take reactive measures to a spider invasion, apply a crack-and-crevice insect deterrent to the tiny compromises in your walls and headboards that the spiders are crawling through. Hide glue traps in dark, quiet corners–such as closets and pantries.
If these measures do not suffice, call Epcon Lane for any of your pest control needs.
Much thanks to the Entomology and Plant Pathology project of Oklahoma University, and About.com.