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Julia Telfer | Mar 09, 2012
Thousands of spiders deserted their underground homes and cast their webs over acres of farmland in eastern Australia in an attempt to avoid the rising flood waters in the country. Various parts of eastern Australia have experienced torrential rainfall for more than a week.
On Tuesday, more than 8,000 residents of Wagga Wagga, located in the southeastern corner of Australia, had to leave their homes after the waters from the nearby Murrumbidgee River had risen to the point of flooding. Now, as the flood waters recede and residents slowly return to their homes, they're faced with hordes upon hordes of eight-legged arachnids covering their fields, fences, plants and trees.
Because of all of the wet weather driving spiders above ground, the spider population in Australia has boomed. Even though the wolf spiders are expected to eventually return underground once the waters recede further, the arachnids are doing residents a favor by eating up mosquitoes and other insects and vermin.