We’ve all heard the horror stories of giant spiders eating people. Still, I am here to tell you that these feared arachnids are actually beneficial.
Spiders eat other insects, including pests that damage crops and spread disease. They also consume enormous amounts of food for their size; they can capture up to 50 times their weight in prey each year!
In Georgia, an invasion of spiders is underway. These palm-sized creatures can actually help with pest control, so we have nothing to fear!
Joro Spiders are giant, yellow spiders with bulbous abdomens and thin stripes on their legs. They hail from East Asia but were first spotted in Georgia when they likely arrived by stowing away on shipping containers!
The Joro spider doesn’t seem to be any cause for concern. So far, the Joro spider only positively affected native species and humans – providing pest control by eating mosquitoes, among other things! In fact entomologist, Nancy Hinkle regards them as “beautiful creatures that provide free pest-control” which she commented in an interview with the Johnson City Press
What is the Joro Spider
The Joro spider is one of the more peculiar creatures that reside in Africa. They’ve been given their name because of their distinctive appearance: it has a long, thin body with an enlarged abdomen, making them look like “jumping” or “hopping” spiders.
The Joro spider is a jumping spider with an abdomen that sticks out like crazy. It’s been given its name because of its distinctive appearance. There are white stripes on this long thin body, and it has these weirdly shaped legs, which provide them with the impression of “jumping” or ‘hopping’ when you look at them from certain angles (due to their size).
However, scientists aren’t sure why they do not use all four pairs. Only three animals use their ears for hunting. They can rest against tree branches and other places where predators hunt by looking instead of touching.
The Joro Spider is one of the most bizarre and fascinating creatures. These spiders can be found on dark soils. They feed mainly by catching ants or termites with sticky threads, which have urticating hairs at their tip to repel other insects from touching it while also smelling like a violet flower!
No pesticides with Joro spider
The spider is good for the environment because it’s a great way to control pests naturally, without chemicals.
The spiders keep mosquitoes and ants in check, making them an excellent opportunity for people who don’t want to use pesticides!
Although many people have a built-in aversion to them, spiders rank as one of the gardener’s best tools for biological pest control.
Spiders are helpful to gardens. Venomous spiders eat bugs and invertebrates. Non-venomous ones are usually found in or near your lawn as prey for bugs or insects. These bugs may carry diseases such as West Nile Virus. Some gardeners like to have spiders because they make nets that catch flying creatures. But if you eat strawberries, their webs will get stained with berry juice.
Spiders use venom to kill or paralyze their prey. They actively hunt or spin webs to trap insects, invertebrates, and even small vertebrates like lizards and frogs. What also makes them garden-friendly is that that they don’t eat plants.
Spiders also are not a good choice for taking out specific plant pests in fields or gardens if there’s a particular outbreak you’re trying to eradicate. Still, for reducing all prey abundance in certain areas, they’re great.”
Spiders are suitable for taking care of bugs, like the kind that eats your gardenias. Don’t kill them!