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Australia’s mouse plague is showing no signs of slowing down as devastated residents discovered thousands of dead rodents in their homes after heavy rainfall.  

The torrential downpour and dangerous flooding forecast across New South Wales have created the perfect breeding ground for the out-of-control mice infestation to spread across the state. 

A frustrated resident in the central west town of Dubbo shared a confronting image of hundreds of drowned mice caught in a fishing net on Thursday. 

Dubbo resident Bradley Wilshire caught over 500 mice using 12 bucket traps around the property on Thursday (pictured)

Dubbo resident Bradley Wilshire caught over 500 mice using 12 bucket traps around the property on Thursday (pictured)

Dubbo resident Bradley Wilshire caught over 500 mice using 12 bucket traps around the property on Thursday (pictured) 

Elong Elong residents shocked to discover dead mice decaying in their water tanks after 25mls of rainfall (pictured)

Elong Elong residents shocked to discover dead mice decaying in their water tanks after 25mls of rainfall (pictured)

Elong Elong residents shocked to discover dead mice decaying in their water tanks after 25mls of rainfall (pictured) 

‘How’s this for a way to use your fishing landing net? 500 mice caught last night’, the resident Matt Hanson wrote on Facebook.  

Mr Hanson said the situation is getting ‘beyond ridiculous’ after his neighbor Bradley Wilshire caught the rodents using 12 bucket traps around the property.  

The heavy rainfall saw another angry resident in Elong Elong near Dubbo share a disturbing image of dead mice decaying in her water tank. 

‘This is from my water tank today after 25mls of rain that we drink for our house water,’ Louise Hennessy shared online. 

‘I actually cleaned this out one week ago and it was full of clumped mice fur.’ 

Another local posted an image of her ’24 haul of mice’ she discovered in her pool. 

‘I haven’t let my children swim in the pool for weeks’, she said. 

Residents in rural NSW have stopped using their own pools after 24 mice were discovered after heavy rainfall (pictured)

Residents in rural NSW have stopped using their own pools after 24 mice were discovered after heavy rainfall (pictured)

Residents in rural NSW have stopped using their own pools after 24 mice were discovered after heavy rainfall (pictured) 

The disturbing images come after three hospital patients were bitten by mice at facilities in regional New South Wales.  

The patients received minor bites at facilities in Tottenham, Walgett and Gulargambone, NSW Health confirmed.

‘The current mouse infestation across western NSW is a natural occurrence,’ a spokeswoman said.  

‘NSW Health staff are responding with appropriate control measures.’

New South Wale's mice infestation is showing no signs of slowing down as residents discover hundreds of mice on their properties

New South Wale's mice infestation is showing no signs of slowing down as residents discover hundreds of mice on their properties

New South Wale’s mice infestation is showing no signs of slowing down as residents discover hundreds of mice on their properties 

NSW Western Area Health Service has also reported a case of leptospirosis – a rare disease which can cause kidney failure and meningitis – as a result of mice in domestic dwellings.

The mice plague is not just affecting residents’ health, but also their livelihoods.

NSW Farmers are seeking urgent action from the government as the mice plague continues to decimate crops and destroy stored hay.

President James Jackson said grain growers hold grave concerns about the winter crop planting season, which is due to start within weeks.

‘Farmers need some more control options. We are requesting that an Emergency Use Permit be issued for Zinc Phosphide to treat seed,’ Mr Jackson said.

‘Mouse control is very costly. The severity of the current plague has resulted in the need for multiple aerial and ground bait applications in cropping regions.’  

Dead mice are seen at a property in Coonamble in central west NSW, Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Dead mice are seen at a property in Coonamble in central west NSW, Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Dead mice are seen at a property in Coonamble in central west NSW, Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Source: DailyMail AU

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