Insect & Spider Control

Wolf Spider vs. Brown Recluse Spider: Are You Misidentifying The Dangerous One?

We have written many times in this blog about brown recluse spiders, as getting rid of them successfully is one of the things Holper’s is known for! We are seeing many types of spiders right now, but this stretch of heat makes it the prime time of year for brown recluse spiders. Yet, because of their relatively innocuous appearance (in relation to some others) many people are mistaken when identifying which spider they have. When it comes to wolf spider vs. brown recluse spider, are you misidentifying the dangerous one?

Wolf Spiders 

wolf spider

Wolf Spider (

A wolf spider certainly has the creepy factor going for it! Up to two inches in size, these large, hairy spiders, with eight eyes in three rows, definitely look ominous. Luckily, these looks are generally deceiving, as wolf spiders typically only bite when threatened. Admittedly, it is hard to get past that menacing exterior, leading many people to misidentify the hairy, scary-looking wolf spider as the brown recluse, which is of much more concern at this time of the year.

Brown Recluse Spiders 

Brown Recluse

A brown recluse spider doesn’t have the fright factor that a hairy, wolf spider does.  Brown recluse spiders range from the size of a dime to the size of a dollar coin. They are light tan to gray in color, with thin, spindly legs. Their well-known identifier is the violin-shaped marking on the top of the head, which is why many people refer to it as a fiddleback spider. Many people fear the brown recluse, and the reason is the bite! The bite of a brown recluse injects the victim with a protein that affects different people in different ways. Some have no reaction at all. But for an unlucky person who does react, the bite can lead to necrosis, organ failure, and, in rare cases, death. Knowing this, it is easy to see why you don’t want to misidentify your spiders! If you want to read more about brown recluse spiders, see our recent blog, Where Do Brown Recluse Spiders Live? 

Wolf Spider vs. Brown Recluse Spider: Now What Do I Do?

Regardless of which spider you have identified, you’re going to need an expert who can attack your infestation problem with a multi-phased approach, particularly in the case of brown recluse spiders. Even if you have misidentified which spider you have (or prefer not to get close enough to even try to identify it!) our technicians know the difference and are ready to help rid your home of pests. More importantly, our team will help you keep it that way with ongoing pest control.

Call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions at 314-732-1413, and reclaim your home from those spiders, or any kind of pest that is bothering you. Your home really does deserve Holper’s!