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Old 18-05-2021, 12:23 AM
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Mouse Plague

It seems rural NSW is suffering through a mouse plague, the images are like something out of a horror film. Have any IIS members had to deal with this infestation yet?
I have heard mice numbers are on the rise in Canberra lately - there is probably a joke in that line but I may call for help from the resident comedians to compose one.
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Old 18-05-2021, 01:00 AM
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After years of eradicating stray and feral cats we now have a mouse plague. That was completely unexpected, wasn’t it?
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Old 18-05-2021, 01:39 AM
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Hi Glen, Steffen & All,

There are areas worse than where I live (15km SW of Canowindra), but it is very bad here at present. Between the dog and I we have dispatched maybe three dozen inside the house alone in the past six weeks. Double that counting the garage -- combined traps, caught and poison.

I have poison baits out for them outside and I can only estimate that at the rate the ratsak disappears, I must be killing hundreds -- I am going through a 1kg box of ratsak per fortnight. Thankfully it isn't very expensive.

Bunnings Cowra have ratsak by the pallet-load and it goes like hot-cakes. I live in an area where a lot of grain crops are grown (wheat, barley, canola & oats). The harvested and baled hay is being quickly destroyed. We have had a couple of very cool to cold nights in the past few days -- which is much needed. The frost in particular knocks the babies on the head and stops the breeding cycle.

I have seen mice plagues worse than this before but not had to actually live through one. It's rotten!

We also have a feral kitty problem in this area (have done for years) but there's only so many mice a cat can eat in a day!

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Old 18-05-2021, 05:48 AM
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Hi Guys we, Alice and I have been looking after a very large property near Gundagui NSW and have just returned to Victoria.
We had them in the ceiling running around all night and the shed was infested with then.
We found traps and Rat Bait were the best options and were getting 15 to 20 per day, they were, and still are everywhere.

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Old 18-05-2021, 08:12 AM
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After years of eradicating stray and feral cats we now have a mouse plague. That was completely unexpected, wasn’t it?

Looks like the stray and feral cats that have supposedly been ''eradicated'' have been sleeping on the job,or do they just prefer to control the wild life?
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Old 18-05-2021, 08:13 AM
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MBJ's been swamped. He traps 200 a day on average. A real calamity.
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Old 18-05-2021, 07:19 PM
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The cat catches at least one and many times three and the other night they trapped 9 in addition to whatever the cat caught that night..no poisen simply because of fear that it may kill the cat, the chooks or the ravens. All will eat the mice so we need to not kill them with secondary poisening.
Years ago mice ruined my 12 inch with their urine on the mirror when I was in Sydney a moment too long..it saddened me greatly...I suppose at least its not summer which would call in more snakes.
One could think someone could invent some kind of illness that wipes them out...
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Old 18-05-2021, 07:33 PM
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Guy in the press the other day was saying bumper grain harvest and no available storage, in the shed on hay sounds like troubles coming sooner or later.
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Old 18-05-2021, 10:07 PM
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Plague is here in Sydney now, but you wouldn't know anything about it as no one here has mice, do they...

ALL the Bunnings stores have been cleaned out of all baits and traps. Can't find any for love or money. But no one here has mice, do they...

My mum has had mice appear over the last week. Her cat is proving to be a good mouser, having caught 9 in the last 5 days. Burrows have been dug into the straw bails they have as raised garden beds where none were present in the 10 months prior. She lives in Earlwood. But no one here has mice, do they...

If you think the mouse plague hasn't reached Sydney, you are not looking.
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Old 19-05-2021, 12:31 AM
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Not seeing too many in Melbourne. Might be too cold for them?
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Old 19-05-2021, 10:45 AM
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I don't think they have reached here but I'll keep an eye out. I won't dispute that they have reached Sydney but I also think it's possible that Bunnings have directed their stocks of traps and baits to where they're selling like hot cakes.

BTW years ago we spent a night camping in a mouse plague in the Warrumbungles. We didn't know about it until after dark but then it was the full moving carpet effect. They got the tent and we slept in the car. Next night we were a lot further east. I feel for anyone who has to live in a plague.
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Old 19-05-2021, 11:10 AM
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The plague has been going on for weeks. My daughter lives in Orange and has had several in the house. They also ate through something in the aircon unit outside which meant no heating for almost two weeks while a part was ordered. That's two weeks without heating when the temperature was falling to 0°C at night!
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Old 19-05-2021, 04:15 PM
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Would this apply to more residential parts of Sydney? Like hornbsy?

I caught 1 last month. I've kept the traps set, and there was no activity for 2 weeks after that. I removed them due to having small kids. After reading this thread, I'm considering putting them back up.
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Old 19-05-2021, 04:36 PM
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Would this apply to more residential parts of Sydney? Like hornbsy?

I caught 1 last month. I've kept the traps set, and there was no activity for 2 weeks after that. I removed them due to having small kids. After reading this thread, I'm considering putting them back up.
I think putting them back up is a good idea.
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Old 19-05-2021, 04:57 PM
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Yes, i too agree to set them up again. It will give you an idea if the little buggers are around or not. I've set a few to monitor hings where I am.

Mice coming into Sydney have been brought in by hitching rides on trucks, cars & trailers that have been to plague areas. Their rate of spread within Sydney will depend on a few factors.
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When I lived at the old place I had a barrel trap set up permanently so you could get an indication if they were about...plus there was a python I had released (kind thing to do) who I saw rarely but I suspect he would have been onto them early and of course they would show up in the barrel trap and when that happened I purchased baits..I didnt worry about poisening "Snakey" however and there no animals at that point up there just me.

They are making the classic mistake here but I wont say anything, as I am tired of being called a control freak over various things, ...one night the cat does not catch one and there were none in the traps so it is over..so wrong..stop setting traps...but no one will know until numbers are up again...even in the city I always have a few baits out and look every now and then to see if anything has been taken...its not like they are not there somewhere...waiting to move in.
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Old 19-05-2021, 06:19 PM
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It seems the Mice are becoming Cannibals!

https://www.news.com.au/technology/s...57feedac0af60a

And as if the Internet or mobile service was not bad enough, those pesky Mices are eating the cables too,

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-...-nsw/100150206
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Old 19-05-2021, 08:03 PM
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It seems the Mice are becoming Cannibals!

https://www.news.com.au/technology/s...57feedac0af60a
Reminds me of the story Silva tell James bond in the movie Skyfall when they are at Hashima Island .. but that was concerning a rat plague.

Oh .. and PETA aren't happy urging farmers not to kill the mice but to capture them humanely and release them .. oh they need a reality check.
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Old 19-05-2021, 09:10 PM
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Reminds me of the story Silva tell James bond in the movie Skyfall when they are at Hashima Island .. but that was concerning a rat plague.
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"Last rat standing". Haha.
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Anyone heard of the mouse problem around Wyangala?

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