People living in New South Wales, Australia say they are suffering from their worst mouse plague “in decades.”
This follows a bumper grain harvest which saw the small animals grow in numbers.
Images show hundreds of small rodents swarming around a farm in the town of Gilgandra.
“At night… the ground just moves with thousands and thousands of mice running around,” farmer Ron Mckay told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Supermarkets are stocking the food in sealed containers and at least three patients at the local hospital have been bitten by the mice, the broadcaster said.
“You can imagine that every time you open a cabinet, every time you go to your pantry, there are mice present,” said Steve Henry, a rodent expert.
“And they eat out of your food containers, they clog your clean laundry in your linen closet, they run across your bed at night. ”
Farmers who used to make hay bales for the winter expect to lose a lot of it to fast-breeding rodents.
Local media reported that a single pair of mice can produce an average of up to 500 offspring per season.
Intensive baiting programs have so far had little success against the infestation, and locals hope heavy rains will drown the mice in their burrows.