‘Plague’ of Mice Ravages New South Wales Farms
Rural communities in the Australian state of New South Wales are battling a “plague” of mice that has struck the region.
Thousands of mice are invading grain silos, barns and homes and infesting the farmers’ bumper grain harvest.
Mice numbers boomed after unusually heavy summer rains fell across eastern Australia after years of drought, experts explained.
Farmers Share Mice ‘Plague’ Impact on Social Media
Videos captured on the Moeris family farm in Gilgandra — a five-hour drive northwest of Sydney — show thousands of mice scurrying from under pipes, through storage columns and over machinery.
“Winter crop sowing is at risk and there is a human health impact,” the NSW Young Farmers association warned in a tweet, alongside a video showing mice running through hay bales.
#Mice numbers are exploding in many parts of NSW. Haystacks are being destroyed, silos invaded, winter crop sowing is at risk and there is a human health impact. @NSWFarmers is calling for action👉https://t.co/c17hSFMiVG#nswfarmers #miceplague pic.twitter.com/2HH8YnnqJM
— NSW Young Farmers (@NSWYF) March 16, 2021
“Mice are still causing nightmares for farmers and rural communities,” the NSW Farmers association tweeted.
Mice are still causing nightmares for farmers and rural communities in many parts of NSW, as evidenced by this friday night footage from a family farm near Gilgandra#nswfarmers #miceplague pic.twitter.com/Xe8yiBVFRm
— NSW Farmers (@NSWFarmers) March 14, 2021
“At night… the ground is just moving with thousands and thousands of mice just running around” farmer Ron Mckay told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
The Impact of the Mice Plague
Australia’s ABC reported three hospital patients in regional New South Wales have been bitten by mice.
There was one report of a rare mouse-related illness known as lymphocytic choriomeningitis [LCM] in the region, ABC reported, quoting the region’s Western Local Health District.
Farmers are also concerned the mice will destroy this year’s harvest.
How Farmers Plan to Combat the Mice
Farmers in New South Wales (NSW) have asked the government for help to combat the “drastic increase” in mice.
The NSW Farmers Association wants emergency permission to lay down the pesticide zinc phosphide to treat their grain.
“This mice situation is only getting worse,” NSW Farmers President James Jackson said.
Reposted with permission from DW.