Flooding, NSW: Plague of mice that swim down the street after going wild again

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Hordes of mice swam the street as the ‘rodent plague’ is driven from flooded farms

  • Parts of rural New South Wales have suffered a mouse infestation this year
  • Wednesday’s video shows mice swimming to dry land through flooding
  • Residents were under the impression that the floods would reduce the number of mice

Video has emerged of mice swimming through floodwaters in New South Wales after huge swaths of states were drenched by a once in a century rain.

The footage, filmed Wednesday in Garah near Moree in the northeast of the state, shows dozens of rodents paddling to higher ground across an underwater paddock.

Parts of flood-hit NSW have already suffered a mouse infestation in recent weeks as a result of a good harvest season after years of drought.

A video filmed Wednesday shows the mice swimming through floods

A video filmed Wednesday shows the mice swimming through floods

A video filmed Wednesday shows the mice swimming through floods

A video filmed Wednesday shows the mice swimming through floods (photo)

A 1,200-mile-wide rain system made its way across the state in the past week, dumping more than three months of rain over large areas of NSW and Queensland in a matter of days.

‘As they went through the current mouse plague in rural NSW, flooding was welcomed by many who thought the rising water would decimate plague rates,’ the video captioned.

As the video shows, the mice can swim to dry land, where their numbers can grow back once the water recedes.

Female mice can have up to ten puppies every month and a half.

In early February, Ben Storer filmed a wave of the mice as he drove through in a comment about his family farm in Warren in central North NSW.

The video showed mice running in all directions, surrounding an empty granary, and crawling over a drill at the surface.

Storer’s wife, Tanya, said ‘everything is being affected’ by the plague of mice, which hit their family farm after the last crop in November 2020.

“They’re in the car eating the car seat. I had to throw out my microwave, coffee maker, and blender because they get in everything. ‘

Ben Storer filmed the mice driving through the horde two weeks ago in an ute at his family farm in Warren in central North NSW

Ben Storer filmed the mice driving through the horde two weeks ago in an ute at his family farm in Warren in central North NSW

The video showed mice running in all directions, surrounding a shed, and crawling over a surface drill.

The video showed mice running in all directions, surrounding a shed, and crawling over a surface drill.

In early February, Ben Storer filmed the mice as he drove through the horde in an ute at his family farm in Warren in the middle of northern NSW (pictured)

The Storer family grows sorghum to sell and feed their livestock, but mice have eaten it, which has hurt them ‘enormously’ financially.

‘D.During the harvest there wasn’t much around but they are gradually building up and now it’s a pest relationship, ‘she said.

‘We planted a full crop of sorghum and they wiped that out.

‘If the mouse infestation continues, we can’t plant any crop because they just dig it out.’

After months of drought, Ms. Storer said a mouse plague was the last thing farmers in trouble needed.

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