Wolf Spider Bites: What You Need to Know

Wolf spiders are often big and scary, so wolf spider bites are probably deadly, right? Actually, not at all. Wolf spiders are shy creatures and don’t venture inside houses very often. That’s not to say that you’ll never see one in your home or that a wolf spider bite isn’t venomous. It’s just highly unlikely that you will have to deal with a bite from this spider unless you provoke it. Here’s what you need to know.

Are wolf spider bites common?

Wolf spiders never ‟attack” people. You’re more likely to get stung by a bee or bitten by a mosquito. Wolf spiders will only bite a human if they are handled or trapped against your skin (e.g., they are in your shoe and you put your foot in it, you sit on one, etc.). In other words, it’s extremely rare for these spiders to bite, but it can happen. It’s best to leave them alone.

Are the bites painful?

When you think of a spider bite, you probably think of excruciating pain and deadly venom rushing through your veins. This isn’t true of the wolf spider. While some spider bites can be painful, or possibly even deadly, a bite from a wolf spider registers somewhere around the same as a bee or wasp sting, in terms of pain. As for venom, wolf spiders possess a venom that isn’t harmful to humans and rarely produces any consequences.

What does a wolf spider bite look like?

On the off chance you do get bitten by a wolf spider, you might not even notice the bite if it’s a smaller species. Larger species of wolf spiders have bigger fangs, so there can be some tearing at the skin. You might see two puncture wounds with localized reddening and possibly some swelling. Some people experience itching, pain or even a discoloration around the site of the bite. Tender skin isn’t uncommon with spider bites in general, and a small sore could develop as the wound starts to heal. Most experts agree that in order for a spider bite to be accurately identified, the spider itself must be captured and identified.

To date, there have been no serious medical consequences associated with wolf spider bites. Still, it’s not a good idea to take any spiders in your home with a grain of salt. Wolf spiders are often confused with brown recluse spiders inside the home, due to their similar coloring. Unlike a wolf spider bite, a brown recluse bite can be deadly, so caution should be taken with any arachnid you find in and around the home. The best way to alleviate your concerns is to call Terminix®, and let the experts deal with the problem.