Differences Between Wolf Spider and Brown Recluse

Wolf spiders and brown recluse spiders are often confused for each other, due to their similar appearance. However, there are notable differences between the two. Differentiating between these two is important, since while the bite of a wolf spider is harmless to humans, brown recluses are venomous, and can cause tissue damage. As a matter of fact, wolf spiders are also venomous and their bites can sting, but don’t cause any long-term damage.


Wolf spiders are found virtually all over the world, apart from the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. Brown recluse spiders, on the other hand, are only found in southeastern North America.

While living in Arizona you don’t have to worry about brown recluse spiders, though local and easily terminable infestations of the spider have been found.

The Violin on the Neck

brown recluse violin neck

Though other species of spiders (particularly cellar spiders and pirate spiders) have similar markings, it is one of the many traits that can help identify a brown recluse spider, since it clearly differs from the other two types of spiders in superficial visual characteristics. As far as their comparison with wolf spiders goes, the latter don’t have any such markings.


Both brown recluse and wolf spiders have contrasting and peculiar arrangements of eyes, which can be used to identify them.

brown recluse wolf spider eyes


All spiders, being arthropods, have 8 legs. However, the individual design of their legs varies massively between species. In this case, wolf spiders have stockier legs with spines. In contrast, the brown recluse spider’s legs are much more slender, and don’t have spines. Instead, they are often covered in fine hair.

brown recluse wolf spider legs


The color of various individuals of both types may vary, but there is one important identifying factor. The brown recluse spider always has a uniformly-colored abdomen, while the wolf spider’s abdomen has patches and lines in different colors.

brown recluse wolf spider color

Armed with these tips, you should now have no trouble in distinguishing between these two confusing species of arachnids. Remember: Wolf spiders―the spiny-legged, multicolored, eight-eyed, non-violin-marked ones―are perfectly safe for humans, while brown recluse spiders―the hairy-legged, uniformly colored, six-eyed, violin-marked ones―can cause serious injuries, and should be kept at arm’s length.

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Brown Recluse in Arizona are Not Common

recluse dangerous spider

Loxosceles_reclusaThe brown recluse spider or fiddleback spider is a spider with a venomous bite. The color of various individuals of both types may vary, but there is one important identifying factor. The brown recluse spider always has a uniformly-colored abdomen, while the wolf spider’s abdomen has patches and lines in different colors. While identifying and understanding this spider is extremely important in the event of an encounter it is also important to know that the Brown Recluse Spider is not common in Arizona.

250px-Loxosceles_reclusa_rangeThe range lies roughly south of a line from southeastern Nebraska through southern Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana to southwestern Ohio. In the southern states, it is native from central Texas to western Georgia and north to Kentucky. There are other species of the genus Loxosceles native to the southwestern part of the United States, including Arizona, that may resemble the brown recluse, but these species have never been documented as medically significant.


If you find that there are spiders or other pests inhabiting your home or property and want them removed contact Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today!

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Wolf Spider Removal in Arizona

Wolf Spiders are hairy, brownish-grey in color with dark lines on their backs, and three rows of eyes. Eight eyes in total: two large eyes with two smaller eyes above them, and four smaller eyes under them. As scary as they look, Wolf spiders run away when disturbed.  These spiders aren’t a medical threat, but bites can cause reactions in some people.

Wolf spiders differ from most spiders, because  they don’t spin webs to catch prey.  They’re predatory spiders who roam at night hunting for food. Their food consists ofearwigs, ants, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, roaches and other spiders.  (Some species of wolf spiders do build tunnel web retreats/burrows.) Wolf spiders do carry their egg sacs around with them. They attach their egg sack to the underside of their bellies.

Wolf spiders are active all year round, and often seen indoors during cooler months:  running along walls, in corners, by doors, windows, house plants, and in garages.

Wolf Spiders are common household invaders that are often mistaken for brown recluse spiders. We have tons of Wolf Spiders in Arizona especially in the Valley as Wolf Spiders blend in with the desert landscape.

If you find that your home in Arizona is in need of Wolf Spider removal please call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today!

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Silverfish Pest Control in Anthem

Silverfish are difficult to see in detail without a magnifying glass because they’re less than an inch long, but they resemble a catfish. Instead of fins however, they have six legs as well as pinchers, technically known as cerci, sticking out of their behinds.

Although they’re not swimmers, silverfish are nocturnal creatures that prefer dark, moist areas. Here in Anthem, Arizona, pest control professionals most often find them in outdoor expansion joints, meter boxes, under leaf litter being watered by drip systems, under foundations that abut to landscaping, basements, and bathrooms – anywhere there is moisture.

As is so often the case, silverfish are after nourishment. While silverfish are not a danger to your health, they can damage some types of personal property. Because they thrive on complex sugars, it should come as no surprise that they can feast on glue, paper, family photos, books, curtains, cotton and linen, silk fabric and more. When they can’t find anything else, they’ll even chomp down on leather and polyester.

Because silverfish most often hide in cracks and crevices, getting rid of them requires precision treatments. All of Bug Guardian’s general pest control service plans target the small, hard-to-reach areas where silverfish make their home. We also have equipment specifically designed to effectively treat these hard-to-reach areas.

As Arizona pest control experts, we select products that are effective in controlling silverfish. All of the products we use are people friendly, pet friendly and environment friendly.


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