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New Spider Species Found In Georgia

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Have you heard the news? Georgia has a brand new spider species. That's just what we need. I mean, we definitely don't have enough spiders in Georgia! Right? Regardless of how you feel about it, a new spider has made its way to Georgia.

Wesley Huffmaster, a Georgia resident, saw a brightly colored spider and thought it looked unusual. So he captured it and brought it to UGA entomologist E. Richard Hoebeke, at the Georgia Museum of Natural History. Hoebeke said, "It kind of knocked my socks off when I saw it," because it was unlike anything seen among native spider fauna. He was able to identify the spider as an East Asian Joro spider. The female of this brightly colored spider has stripes of yellow and dark blue with red toward the rear of its abdomen. The male, which is smaller than the female, may be seen in the autumn in the female's web for mating. This web can reach one meter in width, and the yellow threads appear a rich golden color in the sunlight. Sounds beautiful, doesn't it?

Spiders in the wild may be beautiful, but they aren't so beautiful in the house.

There are many reasons you may not want to have spiders, beautiful or otherwise, in or around your Georgia home.

  • For one, some spiders bite humans. This generally only happens when you come into direct contact with them, such as when you put on a shoe with a spider in it, or slide into your bed where a spider has decided to take a nap. A bite by a Joro spider, though not deadly, would result in localized pain and redness with blisters forming. Someone with severe allergies to insect/arthropod bites might react more severely.

  • Another reason you might want to keep spiders out of your home is webs. Has there ever been a human being in the history of the world who actually likes walking through a spider web? We don't believe there has.

  • Nothing can make you jump out of your skin quite like a spider. Have you ever opened an attic box and found a spider? Then you know exactly what we're talking about.

Here are some ways you can deter spiders from coming into your home.

  • Sealing and caulking gaps and cracks in your exterior walls.

  • Repairing or replacing damaged screens.

  • Trimming trees and shrubs away from your home.

  • Removing mulch from around your foundation.

  • Keeping your trash emptied regularly.

  • Storing food in sealed plastic containers.

  • Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping regularly.

  • Inspecting and removing webs.

Finding a new species of spider may be a very exciting thing for entomologists like E. Richard Hoebeke, but we are of the opinion that Georgia has enough spiders. If you need help with a spider problem on your property, consider McCall Service. We strive to provide excellent service all the time, and customer satisfaction is our highest priority. Keep new and old spiders out of your Georgia home when you call McCall.

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