Are Joro spider bites dangerous to humans? What you need to know


Some people are afraid of insects (and arachnids), especially ones we’ve never encountered before. As the new Joro spider makes its way to New Jersey, it’s natural to fear the creature and its long legs. Despite their appearance, there is no evidence that the Joro spider is dangerous.

Are Joro spiders dangerous?

Dr. David Coyle, an entomologist at Clemson University, spoke to earlier this year about the invading spider and stated that there have been no reports of the Joro spiders biting humans.

They are poisonous to insects because they contain venom that kills insects, but Coyle says their bites are not strong enough to pierce human skin.

WebMD echoes the same sentiments as Coyle expressed. They say the Joro spider is not harmful to humans. The website says the spider avoids confrontation with humans. The spider does have small fangs, but they are only strong enough to eat other insects.

Joro spider bite

On the rare occasion that the spider bites a human, symptoms are reportedly minor and medical intervention is not necessary, according to WebMD. They also reported that no allergic reactions to the Joro spider have been reported yet.

Typically, spider bites are quite rare, say doctors at WebMD. Even if a spider bites, normal spiders usually cause a red bump that may itch and cause only mild symptoms of skin irritation.

A Joro spider bite can have the same type of reaction, such as a small amount of pain and redness. If these bites occur, they are not life-threatening.

The creepy crawler has been spotted in the southeastern part of the country, including states such as Georgia South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama and Maryland.

Be prepared for the Joro spider invasion in New Jersey, but don’t be too scared as these inspections are not harmful.

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