The mice plague is being called one of the atrocious plagues in decades and started being reported around mid-March in Australia’s eastern states. In some places, residents of affected areas reported mice falling out from rooftops causing “mice rain”.
Steve Henry, who is a researcher at Australia’s national science agency called CSIRO, attributes the plague to an unusually abundant grain harvest, which caused a surplus of mice earlier in the season, Live Science reported.
Several pictures and videos are doing the rounds on social media which are showing how mice are quickly moving across barn floors, crowding around machinery, and entering thick grain silos made of steel. Not only the farms, but the rodents are also invading schools, homes, factories, and even hospitals. Live Science reported in March, hotels too had to shut down as they failed to keep the critters out of the rooms.
After the desperate farmers begged the government that they pay for 50% of the cost of baits, the government of NSW extended a support package of $50 million to help the farmers.
A research carried out by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), led by CSIRO, found that if the amount of zinc phosphide is increased in mouse baits, it will help the farmers to battle higher than average mouse numbers.