Wolf Spider

what is this
Location: maryland
October 24, 2011 5:04 pm
we have tons of these spiders all over our house some with the leg span mind you can get up to the size of a soft ball, they are all in our garage and now finding them in the house. can you please help? are the venomous? i have little kids. so just wondering
Signature: mary shoemaker

Wolf Spider, Hogna baltimoriana we believe

Dear Mary,
Wolf Spiders like your specimen are not considered to be harmful spiders.  Nearly all spiders have venom, but very few spiders have venom that is dangerous to humans.  We believe we have identified your spider as
Hogna baltimoriana based on photos posted to BugGuide, though we would not rule out that it is another member of the genus.  We hope we can convince you to allow these spiders to cohabitate with you because the advantages they provide as predators that will keep undesireable creatures from prowling around your home far outweigh your arachnophobia about them.  Perhaps if we name them the Baltimore Wolf Spider after the scientific name might convince you to see them in a more positive light.

The "Baltimore" Wolf Spider

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