The infestation in a rural area of New South Wales, triggered after a bumper grain harvest led to a mass breeding season, caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage and triggered warnings indicating that hard-hit residents face a “meltdown.”
the pest invasion comes in the wake of one of the worst droughts on record and bushfires.
Residents of the small town of Tottenham were exhausted as they struggled to cope with the swarm.
They have spent every morning since February sweeping up thousands of dead mice before disposing of fresh bait and traps to kill more.
The assault started to improve a few weeks ago with cooler and wetter conditions.
But the drier weather brought the plague back.
Tons of grain cannot be sold because it has been contaminated with mouse droppings and hay trucks will be burnt due to the damage.
The local school was also flooded.
Director John Southon said “kids don’t blink” when mice regularly run to their desks.
He told the students to bring their lunch in sealed containers.
Mr Southon said: “They are in every aspect of our lives, our homes our cars, our wash baskets.
“Eventually people are going to have a meltdown because it’s constant and wears you out. ”