But before you pack up to move to Kansas or 'kill it with fire', know that these spiders are not harmful to our ecosystem and assist in killing mosquitos and invasive stinkbugs.
“There’s really no reason to go around actively squishing them,” Benjamin Frick an undergraduate researcher at the University of Georgia said to UGA Today. “Humans are at the root of their invasion. Don’t blame the Joro spider.”
The species is native to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China but was first discovered in the US in 2013 in Georgia and western North Carolina.
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In a study published by the University of Georgia, researchers found that the spider will likely become native to the east and southern parts of the United States in the future due to its adaptability to cooler climates.
"Just by looking at that, it looks like the Joros could probably survive throughout most of the Eastern seaboard here, which is pretty sobering," study co-author Andy Davis said in a statement.
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