Joro Spiders Myths

Stop yer whinin’. These are safe.

Joro Spider Season is Here

If you live in the South, here’s a strong chance you’ve seen a Joro spider. You’ve likely also noticed other orb spiders (easy to get mixed up at first glance). Let’s address a couple myths and concerns:

  • They aren’t aggressive. They won’t jump on you. If there’s one on you, you walked into their web. What would you do if a stranger walked into your house univited?
  • They don’t fly. When they are fresh-hatched, they catch the wind and are blown like dandelion seeds. They’re looking for love. They land and stay close to that spot. Eight legs, no wings. Count ’em.
  • Your skin likely won’t break the skin if they do bite you. The worst you will get it is the heebie-jeebies. Possibly, in more severe cases, the willies.
  • They don’t kill hummingbirds (possible to catch but that’s an extreme rarity). If they catch a Jabberwocky, beware!
  • They don’t build webs in houses. You won’t find them in dark basements. That would be the black widow, a much smaller, much more poisonous spider.
  • Spraying them is largely ineffective. Use a broom instead. Especially brave men will step on them (but only with steel-toed, industrial strength boots), thinking this will stop the spider. That one spider might be gone, but there are now millions of them. You might feel better, but you aren’t winning.
  • Your children are safe. No children have been reported missing and later found drained. You’re confusing reality with Eight Legged Freaks.
  • Yes, some people can be allergic to this spider as commonly as any other spider, but the poison itself is no more harmful than a bee sting for most people. Learn about spider bites. Talk to your doctor.

The Short Version

No need to freak out. The world has some big concerns, but worrying about the itsy-bitsy spider isn’t one of them.

What about the Legend of the Jorōgumo? We’re not so quick to dismiss this one. There have been stories…

The Stuff of Nightmares or Gardens?

Maybe both. As you learn more, the nightmares will disappear.
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