Recent flooding in Wagga Wagga, Australia has flooded “thousands upon thousands” of wolf spiders from their underground homes.

In a rare phenomenon known as ballooning, these poor refugee spiders have covered the local fields, fences, crops and trees under a sticky silk blanket. Ick. Ballooning serves several purposes in the arachnid world, in this case it protects the spiders by suspending them above the flood waters.

Spiders also use ballooning as a way to disperse their newly hatched offspring to adjoining areas. Some Aussies are calling it an infestation, other Aussies understand what they are witnessing is an industrial sized mosquito net.