Big Apple’s New Big Pest? Joro Spiders On The Way

Experts are warning of a potential invasion of Giant Joro spiders in New York. 

These spiders, known for "ballooning" through the air on giant webs, are an invasive species that first arrived in the United States around 2013. 

Originating from Asia, the Joro spiders have since spread across the state and Southeast, 

with new research suggesting they could extend their presence throughout the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S.  

The spiders, which can grow to be as large as 8 inches, are colorful and venomous but pose no direct threat to humans.  

While all spiders have some venom, the Joro spider's venom is primarily a danger to the insects caught in its web, such as butterflies, cockroaches, stink bugs, and wasps. 

The Joro spider's arrival in the U.S. has raised concerns, but experts indicate that there is little that can be done to stop their spread.  

Despite their intimidating size and appearance, they are considered harmless to humans.  

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