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    An invasion of billions of mice terrorising households, climbing up curtains, swarming onto beds and biting people as they sleep, running amok in supermarkets and hospitals and contaminating drinking water.

    It’s the stuff of nightmares. But far from being a ghoulish product of the imagination, this is the reality in 21st-century Australia, where a rodent plague of Biblical proportions is devastating food supplies and inflicting misery and hardship.

    In one case, a woman’s house burned down because the mouse army chewed its way through wiring in her attic.

    Dozens of mice spill from Australian farm machinery

    It¿s the stuff of nightmares. But far from being a ghoulish product of the imagination, this is the reality in 21st-century Australia, where a rodent plague of Biblical proportions is devastating food supplies and inflicting misery and hardship
    Mice scurry around stored grain on a farm near Tottenham, Australia

    Rebekah Ward watched the property go up in flames, her 12-year-old son John in tears beside her. He told how the family had already endured unimaginable horrors because of the rodents. ‘Sometimes I didn’t want to go to sleep because there was mice running around my bed,’ he said.

    In desperation, some Aussies have been putting the legs of their beds in buckets of water to stop the mice running up them. Meanwhile, their government has approved emergency measures to double the strength of poisoned bait, with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack declaring: ‘The only good mouse is a dead mouse.’

    The plague began on farms and came from nowhere following a bumper grain harvest on the back of the worst drought in the past decade.

    To begin with, the farmers were thrilled with their plentiful crops. But once the harvest was safely stored in barns, delight turned to dread.

    ‘We had a really good year, a lot of grain,’ says Michael Payten, who farms at Canowindra four hours west of Sydney. ‘We put a lot of hay in sheds — and created these massive mice hotels with thousands of mice crawling through it.’

    In one case, a woman¿s house burned down because the mouse army chewed its way through wiring in her attic. Pictured: Rebekah Ward and her family

    Breeding at a terrifying rate — a single pair can produce 500 offspring in one breeding season — the pests are destroying everything in their wake.

    ‘They get into everything,’ says Xavier Martin, New South Wales Farmers’ Association vice president. ‘They’ve taken over a lot of our homes, our sheds, our vehicles, our tractors. We’ve had machinery burn.

    He adds: ‘In this house, they ate the hose at the back of the dishwasher, so when the dishwasher ran it flooded the kitchen. If I walk out of the door there now and stand still they’ll climb on the outside of my trousers and inside of my trousers, they’re just running about everywhere.’

    Huge fields-worth of crops have been destroyed on some farms and grain rendered inedible because it is soiled by droppings and other filth. Homeowners using poisoned bait and traps say they are catching up to 600 mice every night.

    One New South Wales farmer went to extreme lengths to get rid of the mice devastating his property by using a makeshift mouse incinerator.

    Pictured: A pile of dead mice on a New South Wales farm. Farmers are abandoning some paddocks and can't defer sowing winter crops any longer, industry chiefs have said

    Known only as Andrew, he uploaded a video to social media platform TikTok of himself dropping hundreds of rodents out of his grain conveyor and into a burning 44-gallon metal drum.

    Farmer Kodi Brady drowns them in buckets or poisons them but admits he is losing the battle. ‘It plays a massive impact on your mental health,’ he said. ‘I don’t sleep because I’m paranoid. You can hear them in your walls and your roof.’

    Anne Cullen, a farmer in the same state, has spent £22,000 on rat-bait but has still lost all her grain and hay.

    ‘The first time I had to pick up a mouse out of the pool and smash it on the cement to kill it, I thought “Oh gosh, I can’t do this.”,’ she says. ‘But then I was doing 50 a day. The smell, it was absolutely putrid but if you don’t pick the dead mice up, the maggots get in them. You can’t live like that, but you have to.’

    Mice are pictured falling into a large tub of water and drown as part of a makeshift trap on a NSW farm. Farmers are concerned about the effect of poison on farm dogs, piggeries and other animals

    Mice are pictured falling into a large tub of water and drown as part of a makeshift trap on a NSW farm. Farmers are concerned about the effect of poison on farm dogs, piggeries and other animals

    In the NSW town of Tottenham, Maree Pobje filmed a terrifying river of thousands of mice sliding down a grain chute while others swarmed over the corn. ‘We live in the middle of a plague riddling every surface in our house, clothes and food,’ she says.

    Some farmers have talked of the sky raining mice as they pour out of their grain chutes. But where food has run out the creatures have resorted to cannibalism or turned in their masses to urban areas, moving into homes, hotels, shops and even hospitals.

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    Gabright
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    Instead of you to just kill and chop, Smile! May God help ooo, sha no be thing wey happened to Egyptian in the Bible wan happen to you bah?

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    This does looks disgusting and scary🙄🙄

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    😣😣😣😣

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    timson
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    Like this is happening in this life naa

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    This is serious

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    Dãñîél wírê
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    dem dey do protest

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    Ha! what sort of commotion is this one rats in action?

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