No, you don’t need to worry about joro spiders. They may even be helpful in some ways

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They’re huge and scary-looking, and could soon be moving into most of the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., according to new research.

But don’t worry too much: Joro spiders are harmless to humans — and even do some good.

“People should try to learn to live with them,” Andy Davis, a research scientist in the Odum School of Ecology and one of the authors behind the recent study, told UGA Today, a publication by the University of Georgia.

Published in the journal Physiological Entomology, the study says that the palm-sized joro spider, which has been largely confined to warmer southeastern states for nearly a decade, could soon be expected to colonize regions with colder climates.

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