Scientists Startled By Sudden Appearance of Large Asian Joro Spider In Georgia


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Joro Spider webs have found themselves all over Georgia.

Ruby Carrero-Pomales, Reporter

Scientists are startled after the sudden explosion of Joro Spiders weaving their web of gold into the peach-dream state.

The Joro Spider from East Asia was initially spotted in Georgia in 2014, but the invasive spider has been creeping its way up to North Georgia for the last few years. To the resident’s demise, the spider has been thriving in the warmer climates of the state.

The webs of the Joro spider are plentiful, with civilians saying that it looks as though it’s a scene from the movie “Arachnophobia.” Will Hudson, a native resident of Georgia, said his front porch was coated in an abundance of Joro webs that were ten feet deep, being forced to kill at least 300 spiders. “Last year, there were dozens of spiders, and they began to be something of a nuisance when I was doing yard work,” Hudson said. “This year, I have several hundred, and they actually make the place look spooky with all the messy webs — like a scene out of ‘Arachnophobia.'”

These spiders are slowly spreading throughout the south beyond Georgia. But there’s no need to worry about safety. Although the spiders are a nuisance, the Joro spider isn’t harmful to humans. Their size may be intimidating but they aren’t poisonous at all and their tiny mouth parts make it so that their bites aren’t painful either.

The only concern is their impact on the environment, scientists aren’t sure of the long term effects their presence will have. The director of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, Byron Freeman, reassured Georgia said, “We don’t know what the impact is going to be. Right now, we’re trying to learn as much as we can about them.”