A severe mouse infestation down under has led the deployment of drastic pest control measures, include the use of what’s being called “rodent napalm.”
According to Global News, the heart of the infestation lies in the farm country of New South Whales, where the mouse infestation is set to cause more than an estimated $1 billion in agricultural damages.
In what is being described as an unprecedented plague, a wave of hungry mice are sweeping across the countryside and ravishing crops, sawing through electrical wires, devouring leather car seats, and reproducing rapidly.
Mouse numbers are estimated to be well into the millions, but one government scientist said counting them would be like “trying to count up the stars in the sky.”
To combat the plague, state officials have ordered more than 5,000 liters of bromadiolone, a previously banned poison, to be imported from India so it can kill the rodents as quickly as possible. The move has sparked anger from critics who fear that the poison will kill pets and birds of prey as well, but Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall says the drastic move is necessary.
“We’re having to go down this path because we need something that is super strength… the equivalent of napalm… to just blast these mice into oblivion”
Australia’s agricultural industry is already in a precarious situation after years of fires and drought. Wide spread decimation by a mouse plague would make difficult times even more difficult for the country farmers.
“The ground just moves with mice.”
The plague of mice attacking parts of Australia is turning into a horror story, with the rodents threatening to invade Sydney.
Right now, the infestation is limited to rural regions of Australia, but that could soon change.
The plague of mice attacking parts of Australia is turning into a horror story, with the rodents threatening to invade Sydney