Wolf spiders is one of the few species people keep as pets.
Some people love them, and others hate them, but unfortunately, having these moderately hairy creatures with four pairs of legs in your homestead is an unwelcomed event.
Not only are they reasonably large, but their furry appearance and jumping ability can result in nearly numerous standing-on-chair occurrences like mice. And due to their speed, it’s not clear how you can prevent these creatures from invading your home.
However, there are various commercial ways that you can employ to kill wolf spiders, starting from cheap to expensive.
- Spray Pesticides around the Home’s Perimeter
There is a wide range of insecticides and pesticides that target spiders. Majorly, they also target wolf spiders. Even though there are many indoor products available meant to kill wolf spiders, products that leave behind a residue after use can reduce the chances of future wolf spiders.
Furthermore, using pesticides around your house creates a barrier, thus protecting the wolf spiders from passing through. While using pesticides may sound an excellent way to kill the wolf spiders, they are highly unsafe for children and other pets. Additionally, never spray the insecticide on firewood piles.
- Scatter Boric Acid
Boric acid is a white powder ideal for industrial and insecticidal purposes. It’s a non-toxic powder that kills wolf spiders around your homestead. Sprinkle a small amount the powder in cracks, dark corners, under furniture and floorboards.
After you sprinkle it, immediately the wolf spider or other unwanted pest walks on the acid, it creates numerous gashes and cuts. The spider will not lose the body fluids alone from the wounds caused, but it will move on its legs, and it will ingest the chemical once it grooms. This will kill it.
- Use An Insecticide Containing Pyrethroids
These chemicals have residual insecticides which are either sprinkled or sprayed. Pyrethroids are a group of chemicals from pyrethrum flowers and are mostly favorable in elimination of different varieties of spiders.
How to Kill Wolf Spiders Naturally
- Use Sticky Traps
Place a sticky trap in any place where you suspect that the wolf spiders are lurking in. Ensure you pay attention to hidden and dark corners. These traps are designed with sturdy cardboard and an incredibly sticky glue pasted on them.
Furthermore, ensure you place these traps behind and beneath the furniture and on all sides of any door. Immediately the wolf spiders walk on top of these traps; they get stuck on the glue quickly, making them unable to move. Finally, they die of starvation.
Ensure you place these traps away from pets, and small children reach. Pets and kids can get stuck in these traps, and removing the traps from the kids can be a hard task.
- Use Organic Pesticide
Most plant-based pesticides have Hexa-hydroxyl and meant to keep off wolf spiders from your surroundings. They come as a powder or dust that can be sprinkled below the furniture, dimly-lit areas, and dark basement corners. The good news is that Hexa-hydroxyl is also people-safe and pet safe.
- Hunt Them Physically
When you want to kill the wolf spiders one-by-one, the right way to do this is by tracking them using a torch around the dark corners of your house at night. Locating them I easy as they have a reflective disc on their back that reflects light at night.
- Trap The Wolf Spiders On A Container
Immediately you spot the wolf spiders in your house, ensure you position a plastic cup or container over it, and then slide a solid and heavy piece of the board below the container as you move it carefully to prevent the pest from crawling away.
When trapping them, ensure you use a glove to lower the chance of being bitten.
- Kill It With A Broom
When you spot a wolf spider around your home, make sure you kill it using a broom. You can also use other solid objects or a shoe to squish it. Furthermore, use a vacuum cleaner to suck the creature up.
Since wolf spiders are a bit large, you can quickly kill the adults using a broom. But smaller spiders can easily slip through the broom, making the broom a less effective weapon to kill a wolf spider.
- Wash Them Away
Once you spot the spiders, make sure you wash them away using a steady stream coming from the garden hose. This will frighten the wolf spiders from you’re your house. Even though water may not kill wolf spiders, a reliable water blast will scare them away and may not come back.
Furthermore ensure you blast the wolf spider with water on the window ledges, roof caves, porch roofs, decks, and patio.