Mouse invasion: Millions of rodents on rampage in Australia – people attacked in sleep


    The mice have been found in homes, classrooms and even hospitals. One farmer warned the animals are jumping onto people’s beds in the night and biting them.

    The rodents are causing huge damage along the country’s east coast by feasting on crops.

    The shocking extent of the plague has been revealed in a map by the Mouse Alert app.

    The map shows a large swathe of red circles along 1,000km of the east coast, meaning a high number of rodents have been recorded in the area.

    The infestations are continuing to spread due to perfect conditions for the mice created by heavy rains after hot and dry weather.

    Xavier Martin, a grain farmer from the Liverpool Plains of New South Wales, said people are putting the legs of their beds in buckets of water in a bid to keep the mice away.

    But he said the rodents are climbing curtains to get onto beds where they are biting people in their sleep.

    Mr Martin told the Telegraph: “People are putting the legs of their beds in buckets or pots of water, but the mice are still climbing curtains, jumping onto their beds and biting them.”

    Channel 10 News Sydney warned the mice could be “marching towards” Australia’s biggest city to “invade” by August.

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    “Information you record can be used to manage mice more effectively to reduce the damage they cause and plan for control activities.”

    The app was launched by CSIRO in 2014 but this is the biggest plague it has ever recorded.

    It said the mice will reach a peak in late autumn before moving into homes and sheds as temperatures plunge.

    It is estimated the plague has caused at least A$100 million of damage to crops in New South Wales.

    Mr Martin, who is vice-president of the NSW Farmers Association, predicted the cost “will easily exceed one billion dollars”.

    He said: “People are not planting barley, canola, beans, chickpeas.

    “The bee industry is also suffering because of that canola not being planted.”

    Mr Martin added: “At this stage we [expect] the multiplier effect for the economy to approach four to five billion dollars very quickly. That’s bread, beer, grain for chicken and other livestock.”


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