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The Joros are Here – and They’re Not Leaving

November 5th, 2020

The Joros have moved in to Georgia. No, they’re not the family next-door, but a species of spider who probably arrived by hitching a ride in a shipping container from China, Korea or Japan and landing in Hoschton, Georgia, back in 2013. Their identities were confirmed by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and…

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Spiders, Huh! What Are They Good For?

October 29th, 2020

While spiders in Georgia may come off as more feared than functional, most are actually harmless to humans and quite helpful. (In fact, of the 55 known species of spiders found in Georgia, only two – the black widow and the brown recluse – are dangerous to humans.) Fall is the spiders’ mating season, so…

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Along Came a Spider: Spinning A Halloween Web

October 5th, 2020

Fall brings crisp air, colorful leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and Halloween! And Halloween conjures up images of witches, black cats, ghosts and spiders in webs. Ever wonder, “why spiders?” Maybe it’s just because they’re found in dark, creepy places. Or maybe it’s guilt by association – even witches need buddies, like black cats, bats, rats…

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The Brown Widow Spider Has Become One Of The Most Commonly Controlled Indoor Spider Species In Georgia

May 15th, 2020

The United States is home to a total of five “widow spider” species, the most well known of which are “black widows.” Spider species that belong to the Latrodectus genus are commonly referred to as widow spiders. Three black widow spider species can be found in the US, including the southern black widow (Latrodectus mactans),…

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Is It, Or Is It Not Possible For Brown Recluse Spiders To Infest Homes In Georgia?

January 29th, 2020

For years, entomologists, pest control professionals, and physicians have claimed that the highly venomous and potentially deadly brown recluse spider species can be found within the state of Georgia. This claim has never been hard to believe, as Georgia doctors frequently treat brown recluse envenomation symptoms after identifying bites sustained by residents of the state.…

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Highly Venomous Banana Spiders Are Perfectly Adapted To Thrive Within And Around Homes Where They Tend To Grow To Large Sizes

October 9th, 2019

Generally, urbanization has a negative effect on arthropods in the natural environment, as arthropods cannot adapt to the radical landscape alterations caused by urbanization. This is especially true when it comes to web-building spider species, as these spiders have adapted to exploit the natural environment in order to build webs that can effectively catch insect…

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A Non-Native Spider Species Is Helping To Reduce Georgia’s Dreaded Stink Bug Population

May 26th, 2019

You would be surprised how many non-native spider and insect species land on our shores from other far away countries. They usually enter through shipping containers bringing in produce and other items from foreign countries, then will hop on a truck or a car and spread from there. These non-native species can travel pretty far…

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Criticism From Animal Welfare Groups Has Prompted Legislation Aimed At Recognizing And Protecting Spider Rights

February 21st, 2019

The issue of animal rights and the effort to stop the inhumane treatment of animals is generally recognized as a noble and important goal by most members of the public. When it comes to protecting animals from common acts of mistreatment and abuse, spiders may not the first animals that come to people’s minds, as…

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Enormous Bird-Eating Spiders Are Sometimes Eaten Raw And Some Believe That They Can Be Used To Predict Future Events

February 20th, 2019

When hearing the term “bird-spiders” many people probably think of the well known Goliath birdeater tarantula species, which is the largest spider species currently living. Bird-spiders belong to the Mygalomorphae suborder, and the Goliath bird eater is, indeed, a part of this order. Surprisingly, this suborder of huge tarantula spiders is comprised of 2,547 known…

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Strange Physical Reactions To Insect And Spider Bites

February 8th, 2019

When it comes to sustaining venomous stings from insects, most people know what symptoms to expect. For most people who do not have an allergy to insect venom, the worst consequence of an insect sting is the pain that inevitably results. For people that do have an allergy to insect venom, a venomous insect bite…

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