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Rural Australia hit by biblical plague of mice

By T.K. Randall
March 19, 2021 · Comment icon 25 comments

The sheer number of mice is making it difficult for businesses to cope. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 CSIRO
Rural farms and towns in New South Wales have been dealing with the worst plague of mice in decades.
If you happen to be one of the millions of people around the world who suffers from an irrational fear of mice, it might be best giving a visit to Australia a miss for the time being.

A bumper grain harvest has left residents in and around the town of Gilgandra and other nearby areas fearing for their livelihoods as countless thousands of rodents have descended on the region.

Videos on local news media have demonstrated the scale of the infestation with the ground literally crawling with so many mice that it would be impossible to count how many there are.

In addition to devastating food stocks and fouling storerooms, the rodents also represent a danger to humans - especially young children - due to their tendency to bite.
Several people have already been hospitalized, while shops and supermarkets have been forced to store all their food in sealed containers to stop the animals getting access to them.

"You can imagine that every time you open a cupboard, every time you go to your pantry, there are mice present," said rodent expert Steve Henry.

"And they're eating into your food containers, they're fouling your clean linen in your linen cupboard, they're running across your bed at night."

As things stand, there's nothing much that can be done but to wait and hope that the colder weather - or alternatively a torrential downpour - will put a stop to the infestation once and for all.

Source: Reuters | Comments (25)

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Comment icon #16 Posted by third_eye 3 years ago
Might as well crack open the beer and say God did it, just like the Bible says...  ~
Comment icon #17 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 3 years ago
Mouse plagues? Nah, that’s more Disney’s area, not God’s.
Comment icon #18 Posted by third_eye 3 years ago
No harm in wishing on a star...  [00.03:23] ~
Comment icon #19 Posted by stevewinn 3 years ago
what's your solution?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 3 years ago
Poison. You know... exactly what the farmers are asking for and the elected dip****s are ignoring.
Comment icon #21 Posted by stevewinn 3 years ago
So, poison has been ruled out, try again, what's your solution.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 3 years ago
Comment icon #23 Posted by stevewinn 3 years ago
not such a clever Richard after all hey.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Likely Guy 3 years ago
No, "Leiningen versus the Ants" should have taught you something.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Still Waters 3 years ago
Mouse plague 'invades' Wellington prison, forcing hundreds of prisoners and staff to evacuate Dead mice are decaying in the Wellington Correctional Centre, near Dubbo, and have caused extensive damage to infrastructure, and there are now concerns about inmate health and safety. Over the next 10 days, 420 prisoners and 200 staff will be relocated while the site has a deep clean, is repaired and is protected against future plagues.  Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) expects the centre to be out of action for about four months. [More]

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