Tens of millions of unleashed mice have unleashed horrific infestations stretching 1,000 km from Brisbane to Melbourne.
The mouse blast caused immense damage to the country’s east coast, decimating crops and making their way through food storage units.
They have taken over homes, schools and hospitals as they thrive after heavy rains and periods of heat and drought that led to a bumper harvest in Australia.
And the New South Wales Farmers’ Association vice president said the desperate rodents have now started to eat each other when they run out of food.
“When they run out of food, when they have no more seeds to eat, they start cannibalizing themselves, they start eating themselves,” Martin told ITV News.
“They are quite disgusting animals and of course they have invaded a lot of our houses, our sheds, our vehicles, our tractors, we have burnt machines.
“We burned down a house just north of us last night, apparently because of mice.
“Look, even in this house here they ate the hose on the back of the dishwasher, so when the dishwasher ran it flooded the kitchen.”
Martin added: “They closed 44 of our telecommunications towers in the southern half of New South Wales on Monday.
“They shut down one of our main government servers in one of the departments today so they could not respond.
“Mice are in everything. If I get out of the door now and stay still, they’ll come out of my pants and pants, they’re running around. “
Experts have warned that “without a concerted baiting effort over the next few weeks, this could easily turn into a two-year plague event.”
Farmers shared viral images and videos showing mice coming out of grain feeders and storage factories.
“The state government aid package is unworkable, dysfunctional, and weeks away which is not helping farmers who need support right now to bring down mice counts and break this horrible cycle. relentless, ”said Martin.
It comes after a hotel owner was left to fight for his life after catching a fatal disease from the mouse infestation.
Trevor Hardie, 70, caught leptospirosis – a bacterial infection found in the urine of rodents – which could have killed him within days.
“I couldn’t walk, I was sweating all night, my kidneys and my liver packed it… it was the sickest I have ever felt in my life, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone,” he said. he told Australia’s Daily Telegraph. .
After contracting the disease in late April, he suffered from heart leakage, liver failure, and acute kidney failure.
Hardie is warning people to make sure homes and stores are clean to avoid getting infected.
“All it takes is to have (mice) rushing into a shed, grain elevator, or house, they pee all over the place and you somehow touch it… that m ‘dropped feet for weeks,’ he said.
Elsewhere, a family home burned down after rampant rodents nibbled on cables.
Rebekah Ward, a mother of three, said the stomach churning infestation caused “mice jumping off the roof” to flee the flames.
She recalled how her family had been repeatedly attacked by hunger – and the growing population – of mice, which was impossible to eradicate.
Ward said it was a “nightmare” as the furry rodents “crawled on the children at night”.
“They are in our place, they are on our benches, they are everywhere,” she said.
“They eat the food. We had to put the food in a toolbox. They go through the living room. They will bite you on the back. It’s a nightmare.
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The huge army of mice are now marching on Sydney amid shocking reports of people being bitten in their beds.
A government-funded MouseAlert website shows sightings have doubled since March – with cases on the rise in Sydney and surrounding areas.
Channel 10 News Sydney has claimed that mice could now “walk to” Australia’s largest city to “invade” by August.