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Joro Spider Myths Busted: Insights from Ecologist Andy Davis



Despite her fear of insects, Laura Ingraham recently invited Andy Davis, an ecologist at the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology, to discuss the latest media sensation – the Joro spider. In a captivating segment, Davis shared insights that might help calm the public’s anxiety about this invasive species.

The Joro Spider’s Nature:

Davis explained that the Joro spider, often sensationalized as the East Coast’s ‘worst nightmare,’ is actually quite harmless to humans. “They’re very sedentary. Just like any other spider,” Davis said. “They’ll set up a web and they’ll be in that web for 3 or 4 months, and you can walk by them, and they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them.”

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Addressing Common Fears:

One of the main points Davis highlighted was the spider’s reclusive behavior. “You would have to really tussle with it a lot for it to bite you, because really, they’re quite shy as a spider. And I’ve actually tested that in my lab,” Davis said. This reassurance is crucial, especially for those who might encounter these spiders in their gardens or homes.

A Bite Like a Bee Sting:

Davis also clarified the effects of a Joro spider bite. “From what I get, from what I’ve heard, their bite is kind of like a bee sting. And so it’s not going to kill you, you know, you won’t like it, but, most of the time, if you just leave them alone, they’ll be fine.” This comparison to a bee sting helps demystify the spider’s bite and reduce unwarranted fears.

Understanding the Media Sensation:

The Joro spider has become a media sensation, often portrayed in a negative light. However, Davis’s expert insights provide a balanced view, emphasizing that these spiders are more scared of humans than we are of them. This segment not only educated the audience but also dispelled many myths surrounding the Joro spider.