Great. Now we have to worry about invading spiders from Japan

Joe Erwin
New York Daily News (TNS)
A joro spider on a web with a green pine tree background. (Mohamed Rizly/Dreamstime/TNS)

Great, now it’s a plague a spiders.

Joro spiders, an invasive species from Japan, could spread through most of the United States East Coast, a new report says.

The arachnids first showed up in the United States around 2013, says the report from the University of Georgia. The spiders have since become a familiar sight in the Peach State. Now the rest of the Eastern Seaboard could get caught up in their web.

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The creatures, which are yellow, blue-black and red, have colonized much of Japan, University of Georgia researchers said, and a similar climate could make the Eastern U.S. spider central.

“Just by looking at that, it looks like the Joros could probably survive throughout most of the Eastern Seaboard here, which is pretty sobering,” said Andy Davis, a research scientist in the Odum School of Ecology and one of the study’s authors.

But the good news, Davis said, is that the spiders don’t seem to harm local ecosystems.

“People should try to learn to live with them,” he said. “If they’re literally in your way, I can see taking a web down and moving them to the side, but they’re just going to be back next year.”