The Joro: How to Handle the Flashy New Spider Invading the Lowcountry

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Meet the Joro Spider: The Colorful Newcomer ‘Flying’ Into the Lowcountry

As the Lowcountry's trusted pest control experts, Old South Exterminators stays vigilant about emerging pest threats. One recent arrival catching the eye of homeowners is the Joro spider. This colorful arachnid, native to East Asia, is now making its presence felt in South Carolina. Here’s what you need to know about the Joro spider and strategies to help manage this invasive newcomer in the Lowcountry.

What is the Joro spider?

The Joro spider (Trichonephila clavata) is an eye-catching arachnid known for its striking yellow and blueish-black striped legs and large, spherical web that can span several feet. Originally from East Asia, this spider was first spotted in the U.S. around 2014 in Georgia and has gradually spread across the Southeast, including the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

While Joro spiders don’t actually fly, they are light enough to parachute through the air, traveling with the speed of wind, giving the illusion they are flying through a process of "ballooning."

Characteristics of the Joro Spider

  • Appearance: Female Joro spiders are the most noticeable, with their vivid yellow, blue, and red body markings and long, striped legs. Males are smaller and less colorful.

  • Webs: They spin large, three-dimensional webs that can be up to 10 feet wide, often appearing between trees, shrubs, or even on power lines.

  • Behavior: Joro spiders can be intimidating due to their size and vivid appearance; however, they are not aggressive and their bite is harmless to humans, causing only minor discomfort if they do bite.

Why the Joro Spider is in the Lowcountry

Joro spiders thrive in warm climates, making the temperate environment of the Lowcountry ideal for their expansion. They have adapted well to this area due to:

  • Climate Suitability: The mild winters and humid summers of South Carolina provide perfect conditions for Joro spiders to thrive.

  • Human Activity: Increased global trade and transportation have inadvertently facilitated their spread.

  • Local Environment: The lush, wooded areas of the Lowcountry offer ample food supply and web-building opportunities for these spiders.

Are Joro spiders dangerous?

Despite their formidable appearance, Joro spiders pose little threat to humans. They are more of a nuisance than a danger. Their large webs can be unsightly and inconvenient, especially when spun near homes, gardens, or walkways. While they do have fangs and can bite if provoked, their venom is not medically significant.

How to Manage Joro Spiders

While Joro spiders aren’t harmful, their presence can be unsettling. Here are some tips to manage them:

  1. Web Removal: Regularly inspect and remove webs around your home to discourage Joro spiders from settling.

  2. Seal Entry Points: Make sure doors, windows, and other entry points are sealed to prevent spiders from getting inside.

  3. Reduce Outdoor Lighting: Lights attract insects, which in turn attract spiders. Minimizing outdoor lighting can help reduce spider activity.

  4. Professional Pest Control: For persistent or widespread infestations, consider professional pest control services.

Why choose Old South Exterminators?

At Old South Exterminators, we understand the unique challenges posed by pests in the Lowcountry. Our team of experts is equipped with the knowledge and tools to manage and prevent pest infestations effectively.

Why Old South Exterminators?

  • Local Expertise: We know the Lowcountry and its specific pest challenges.

  • Comprehensive Solutions: From inspection to eradication, we offer a full range of pest control services tailored to your needs.

  • Trusted Professionals: Our team is experienced, certified, and dedicated to providing top-notch service.

Keep Your Lowcountry Home Pest-Free

If you’ve noticed Joro spiders or any other pests around your home, don’t wait for the problem to grow. Contact Old South Exterminators today for a thorough inspection and effective pest control solutions. Our friendly professionals are here to keep your Lowcountry home pest-free.

Call us at (843) 632-5645 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment. Stay informed, stay safe, and let Old South Exterminators handle your pest problems so you can enjoy a worry-free home!

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