The worst mouse plague in decades has overtaken a number of rural communities in New South Wales, Australia.
The plague follows a bumper grain harvest and threatens to destroy bales of hay made by farmers for the winter.
Video filmed in the town of Gilgandra shows thousands of rodents swarming around a farm.
Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC), farmer Ron Mckay said: “At night the ground just moves with thousands and thousands of mice running around.”
On average, mice can produce up to 500 offspring per season, and intensive baiting programs have had little success in reducing their numbers.
At least three patients at the local hospital were bitten by the mice, and supermarkets had to store food in sealed containers.
“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.”
Alan Brown, a farmer from Wagga Wagga and a member of the NSW Farmers Association, said The Guardian this farmer he had spoken to had lost a crop worth $ 300,000 (£ 168,000) to the mice.
Mouse invasions are common in Australia. The worst, which took place in 1993, caused an estimated $ 96 million (£ 54 million) in damage to crops, machinery and animals.
Locals hope heavy rains will drown the mice in their burrows.
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