Venomous Flying Spider Invasion Expected in NJ This Summer

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Move over cicadas, Summer 2024 belongs to the Joro Spider

New Jersey residents should brace for an imminent invasion of Joro spiders, experts warn. Native to East Asia, these spiders have recently become an entrenched invasive species in the American Southwest

These colorful spiders, with bodies up to four inches long and leg spans reaching eight inches, are expected to arrive in the area soon. Using a “ballooning” technique, they are carried by the wind and are anticipated to descend into New Jersey and New York over the next two months.

That’s right—it will literally be raining spiders

“As the Joro spider invasion continues its northward trajectory, the possibility of their arrival in New Jersey later this year has heightened concerns among residents and authorities alike,” New Jersey Pest Control said.

While venomous, Joro spiders pose no threat to humans, targeting only other insects, they also help control pests such as mosquitoes, yellow jackets, and spotted lanternflies. Those with a fear of spiders may want to stay alert.

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