Australia is suffering from a mouse plague and one journalist caught the rodents literally “raining” from the sky in a viral video as hundreds were expelled from a grain bin. Some were alive and some were dead.
Many horror stories are being told by Australians concerning the inundation of mice in the country. Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Lucy Thackray highlighted the plague of rodents as she videoed them in New South Wales while a farmer cleaned out a silo.
“Even if grain’s in silos, mice can get to it. Like Tyler Jones discovered in Tullamore when cleaning out the auger and it started raining mice,” Thackray tweeted attaching her video.
“People out here are struggling badly with them in our houses,” Jones told the Daily Mail Australia. “My 90-year-old mother-in-law is living out of an esky because it’s the only way she can mouse-proof her food.”
(Video Credit: Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Lucy Thackray)
“Mice are in everything, rooves and walls eating wiring, cupboards, and pantries eating, nesting in and soiling in food and clothing, in cars and machinery chewing through wiring,” Jones stated. “The smell of dead mice is overwhelming, it’s everywhere.”
Farmers have pleaded with the Australian government to help eradicate millions of mice but they say there is no money in the budget for it. Homes and farms all across New South Wales have been invaded by swarms of rodents over the past few months destroying most of their crops. The mice have also overwhelmed southern Queensland. There are reports of the rodents getting into hospitals and biting patients as well.
New South Wales farmers and the Country Women’s Association met on Tuesday at the State Parliament to discuss what to do about the plague and how much it has impacted everyone’s lives. They asked the government for $25,000 per farm to assist in buying and setting up mouse bait to help kill the mice and save their crops and homes.
Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall told the beleaguered farmers and homeowners that after the country spent billions of dollars on the drought crisis, they simply did not have the money to support the fight against the mice plague. Instead, they lamely offered them workshops on how to handle the invasion.
“The proposal that I’ve read in media reports would cost anywhere between $600-700 million. After spending nearly $4.5 billion in drought support, I don’t have that money on my fingertips,” Marshall complained.
A blessing of good rainfall from Huey has not drowned out the #mouseplague in the central west and parts of the north west, as evidenced by this video from Nyngan, courtesy of local shearer Fergus Brown.#mouseplague pic.twitter.com/mU0B3XbOW5
— NSW Young Farmers (@NSWYF) March 24, 2021
Lisa Minogue, who is a farmer in central New South Wales, claimed the mice just kept coming and couldn’t be stopped. She also said that the smell they left behind was “horrific.”
“You can pick up all the mice you see but there is always more,” she noted. “I did 38 loads of washing in three days. My house is pretty much packed up in boxes.”
As bad as dealing with the mice directly is, the financial ramifications are even worse. Jones stated: “We are trying to sow winter crops, an almost impossible task with mice eating the grain straight from the ground.”
“We’re trying to fill grain contracts made before the plague with mouse-infested grain,” she added. “I know it has certainly had a psychological impact on my husband and living with mice crawling through the walls and ceiling all night keeping you awake would drive anyone up the wall.”
Some farmers are experiencing losses of somewhere between $50,000 and $150,000 due to the destruction. A survey found that over 80 percent of farmers had suffered significant damage to machinery and infrastructure as well from the mice.
Local media reports that just one pair of mice can produce up to 500 offspring in a single season.
(Video Credit: The Telegraph)
People were thoroughly creeped out on social media over the mice plague:
Holy moly… where are the cats 🐈 https://t.co/BFyMBKbOfd
— Trudi Rossi (@TrudiRossi) May 11, 2021
If it wasn’t on video, it would be hard to believe. What a nightmare. #mouseplaque
— Kerry Jaggers (@kezincanberra) May 12, 2021
This is the worst thing I’ll see all year.
— James Maasdorp (@MaasdorpJR) May 12, 2021
— Erin M (@pfinger18) May 12, 2021
Holy hell that is horrific.
— Lucy Sunman (@lucysunman) May 12, 2021
Our cats might have fun though
— Andrew McCormack (@ruralfamilylaw) May 12, 2021
Hear often about raining cats and dogs but never before raing mice. How horrible.
— 💧Henrietta McAlister (@HenriMcAlister) May 12, 2021
#raining #mice #sky #starters