I believe that is a breed of american wolf spider. The large, hairy pedipalps are distinctive identifiers of the wolf spider family (there are over 80 sub phylums). Non web forming. Very mildly toxic to humans...itchy bump. Many people purposely catch wolf spiders and release them in basements and garages and attics as they are territorial and will hunt down and kill venomous spiders like black widow, fiddlebacks and similar types....they are actually trainable and are often kept as pets...my father notably had several of them. They travel throughout their territory as mobil hunters and will kill roaches, silverfish, and even small centipedes.
If it bothers you, let it do pest control in your garden or yard.
EDIT: After doing a bit more research, I believe it is a grass spider too...very, very similar in appearance to several wolf spider breeds....also harmless to us and good pest controlers. What threw me was the location...wolf spiders like to come into houses and grass spiders very rarely will enter a home.
· 1 decade ago