Farmers in Australia are facing several problems due to a severe mice plague in the country. They allegedly have to put the legs of their beds in buckets of water to stop the mice from biting them while they are asleep.
Millions of mice are running riot in the eastern part of the country and are causing a serious destruction to farms by eating crops and attacking grain silos.
As per reports, livestock farmers have to scoop hundreds of dead mice they have managed to either drown in buckets or poison.
Kodi Brady, a farm owner said, “It does play massive impacts on your mental health. I don’t sleep because I’m paranoid, you know, you can hear them in your walls and your roof.”
Brady has been laying bait for mice for the last six months and despite efforts to seal his house, the rodents remain in large number.
“Your social and emotional wellbeing is shot and you are absolutely buggered,” he said.
The region has been fighting a mice plague for numerous months after heavy rains in recent years relieved the country’s worst drought in 50 years. The wet weather not only helped produce the country’s largest ever grain crop but also provided plenty food to mice.
Mice – believed to have arrived in Australia along with the first European settlers – are well suited to the country’s often harsh climate.
They can survive long periods of dry weather and when the weather turns, they thrive and rapidly reproduce as food and water gets available.
BBC News interviewed three farmers who spoke about living through the worst mouse plague in memory.
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