A unique trait of the wolf spider is that instead of trapping their prey within webs they will pounce, sometimes even chasing them down like a wolf would with their prey. Though they are fierce hunters they pose no threat to people; their venom is not potent enough to do any damage to a person. In fact, they are quite timid when it comes to human interaction.
The reason we often find ourselves interacting with these spiders is because wolf spiders require shelter when the weather is cooler. Cracks in homes or spaces under doorways are the perfect escape from the cold temperatures.
Believe it or not, having spiders like wolf spiders around our living spaces is important! Without them we’d have a lot more flies and other insects to worry about.
Lindsay’s wolf spider, Shasta, came to us in 2019 after she was rescued from a nearby high school classroom.