Giant Invasive, Venomous Spiders Could Take Over The East Coast

An invasive species of spiders are expected to spread up and down the East Coast of the United States. The venomous Jorō spiders, which can grow up to four inches in size, have been in the southeast since 2014 when they likely arrived on a container ship from East Asia to Atlanta, Georgia.

The spiders have flourished in Georgia, quickly spreading to surrounding states. A team of ecologists began studying the invasive spiders to determine how far north they could migrate. In a paper published in the journal Physiological Entomology, ecologists Andrew Davis and Benjamin Frick said they determined that the Jorō can survive in colder climates.

“People around the U.S. are probably going to start seeing more of these spiders,” Davis said, according to National Geographic.

“The jorō spider is here to stay,” Frick added.

Frick and Davis said the spiders are harmless to humans, despite their large size and the four-foot-wide webs they spin.

“In light of this, people should not embark on spider genocide — all this would achieve is the needless killing of a beautiful animal,” Frick told CNN.

There is no evidence that the spiders are harmful to local ecosystems, and they could actually be beneficial if they eat agricultural pests.

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