The Lovely Wolf Spider
The Wolf Spider is a beautiful spider that can live in peace alongside humans while being a benefit to whatever home they live in. We have had many Wolf Spiders in or near our home and never once did we have a problem with them. We normally leave them alone and let them do their work of killing unwanted pests such as flies.
I have even caught and given flies to a young Wolfie. I remember the biggest one I ever saw landed right on my chest one night. My dog was acting like something was in or near my blankets that should not be and when i flipped the blanket over, a huge Wolfie leaped out and landed on my chest. I froze. I called dad and asked him to bring me a plastic gallon pickle jug. When he brought it to me i slowly and carefully put the mouth of the far over the spider. He never moved. once he was in the jar i slid a paper plate between myself and the jar mouth, then took him outside and released him. He was as big as my fist at least.
He could have bitten me...But he didn't. We have had many of these spiders in our home over the years and not once have we been bitten by one. Perhaps it is because we do not threaten them or cause them harm. they are a very beneficial spider, killing many unwanted and even dangerous insects.
Wolf Spiders have no problem taking out a Black Widow. We have quite a few of those nasty spiders under our trailer. I would gladly encourage Wolf Spiders to live and breed near my home, knowing they are capable of taking out the Black Widow and they are not aggressive towards humans if you leave them alone. I have seen videos of people holding them while they have babies clinging to their backs...yet they still didn't bite.
Wolf spiders can be as big as Tarantulas, or have long thing legs...they are gray or brown with black markings on them. They are often confused for a Brown Recluse.
As you can tell from the above photo, the Brown Recluse is brown and has a slight transparency to its legs. You will also note the shape of a violin upon its back. Wolf Spiders tend to be hairier and do not have the violin pattern on their backs. Brown Recluses have a nasty bite while the Wolf Spiders bite might be painful but is not dangerous. Another spider that is good to have around the house if you have Brown Recluses is the common jumping spider. Even against a bigger opponent, the jumping spider has the advantages, as they can jump and have great eyesight.
Two spiders you do not want around the home...the Black Widow and the Brown recluse, can be taken care of by two spiders you do want around the home...the Wolf Spider and the common jumping spider.