These Are the Spiders You Should Avoid in Connecticut
My social media feed was filled with photos of big black and yellow Joro Spiders today, have you seen the news reports warning us that we may be invaded by these things this summer?
If you haven't, according to the nypost.com, numerous news sites are sending up a Spider-Warning that the East Coast of the US is on the verge of an explosion of these palm-sized flying spiders. The Joro Spider showed up in the US in 2014, after smuggling across US border aboard shipping containers. The Joro Spider is native to China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, and now Georgia. According to the Post, Georgia was inundated with millions of these Joro Spiders this past September, and the bad thing about them is that baby Joro Spiders can glide up to 100 miles via "Web parachutes", and they can tolerate cold temperatures. The good news is that they're not poisonous and are labeled, so far, as a nuisance not a threat.
So, now that you know about the Joro Spider and that you shouldn't be worried about them, which spiders should you avoid here in Connecticut? Well, there are only two poisonous spiders that should be of concern that have been found here in Connecticut. The first is probably the most famous spider in the world, the female Black Widow.
If you've been bitten by a female Black Widow Spider, according to hartfordhospital.org, you could experience muscle cramps, abdominal pain, trouble breathing and swallowing, headaches, nausea, seizures, and anxiety. Good news - There is an anti-venom available.
The Brown Recluse Spider is the other species that you should avoid. Their bites can cause sweating, fever, chills, nausea, jaundice, seizures, blistered skin and skin damage. Bad news - There's no anti-venom available.
The last mean spider that you should avoid is not poisonous to humans, but man, does the Wolf Spider have a bite that you want to avoid. The Wolf Spider is the most common spider species in the world, and they can grow to be about two inches across. Wolf Spider bites can be painful, but the pain usually only lasts a few minutes. Wolf Spiders aren't typically aggressive, but they will defend their territory if a human hand comes near.
Now it's important to point out that these aren't the only 3 species of spiders that could bite you, you should also avoid the Bold Jumper Spider, Yellow Garden Spider, Striped Fishing Spider, and the Cross Orb Weaver Spider too.