Are Wolf Spiders Dangerous?

Wolf spiders (family Lycosidae) are not typically dangerous to humans. While they are large and can look intimidating, they tend not to be aggressive unless threatened or provoked. If they do bite, it is often in self-defense.

Wolf spider bites can cause redness, swelling, and pain, similar to a bee sting. In rare cases, some people may have an allergic reaction to the venom, which could lead to more serious symptoms like difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate, or nausea. However, such severe reactions are quite unusual.

In general, it’s important to avoid handling wolf spiders, both for your safety and their own. Remember, that spiders (including wolf spiders) play a critical role in ecosystems by controlling pest populations.

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