A sinister-looking spider that can “ride the wind” with its webs is said to be covering the entire East Coast, some scientists claim.
Officially called the Joro spider, many people refer to the arachnid species as the parachutist spider because of its unique ability.
The legs of the so-called giant spider have a span of three inches, which is about the diameter of a soup can. The Independent pointed out.
Their size and startling appearance, with bright red, yellow, and black bodies, make some East Coast residents nervous.
Researchers believe that the species, native to Asia, came to the United States on shipping containers about a decade ago.
homeowner one Georgia are already encountering their vast, golden webs, and University of Georgia scientists have published a study saying they will spread all over the east coast.
“It has nothing to control its population size in the new habitat, but it has perfect conditions to thrive,” study co-author Benjamin Frick told NBC affiliate South Carolina WIEFF.
Frick and his colleagues conducted an experiment in which the spiders were briefly exposed to sub-freezing temperatures.
They concluded that because of their ability to survive the cold, the spiders will begin to spread along the coast, possibly as early as May or early June, according to WYFF.
First sighted in Georgia in 2013 or 2014, researchers say they’ve already made their way to the western Carolinas.
Their “balloon” technique allows newly hatched spiders to parachute into new areas by moving through the air via their webs.
Male spiders also use the technique to find females, and the method allows the spiders to travel between 50 and 100 miles, according to The Independent.
The news agency further explained that they can usually be found at the edge of forests or near houses and reportedly live in groups.
“I have a feeling the Lord is coming back, you know those kinds. I just happen to be afraid of spiders, but I still think it’s abnormal.”
Her opinion was shared by others on the east coast who are unsure what to think of the bugs.
Although the spiders are venomous, the good news is that they have very small fangs, so bites are unlikely to injure human skin.
Scientists suggest that residents should learn to live with the Joro spiders, pointing out that they prey on mosquitoes and other insects.
“Like it or not, they’re probably just here to stay,” Jon Storm, a professor of biology at USC Upstate, told WHNS.
“There will be too many of them.”
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