Australia Mice chew through $50 bills at NSW country town general store
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Chewed-up $50 bills were found in a general store's till after mice rummaged through the cash amid the relentless and devastating mouse plague gripping regional Australia.
The rodents have been running rampant through large tracts of inlandand parts of southern since last year, destroying crops and causing significant damage to tonnes of stored hay and grain.
In the latest hint the end of the plague is nowhere in sight, Nowendoc General Store and Rural Supplies owner Max found the mice had gotten into his business' notes.
The shop owner, who lives in the Northern Tablelands village 360km north of Sydney, posed for a picture with the nibbled money from behind the counter, in an image shared with Daily Mail Australia.
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Nowendoc is a village about 1.5 hours south-east of Tamworth.
A survey of 1,100 farmers across NSW found some have already spent more than $150,000 on baiting to kill the animals, while others had lost more than $250,000 worth of grain and fodder.
On Facebook, locals have taken to community groups to share their experiences battling the rodent crisis.
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A woman from Coonabarabran said she found mice in her air conditioner.
'I turned mine on this morning... Could smell mice. Pulled it apart and found this,' she wrote alongside pictures and videos of the rodents.
'Surely this plague has to end soon.'
One person commented: 'It's a bloody nightmare... Just when you think they are slowing up... Bam they are everywhere again!'
'I left a clean basket of clothes in the laundry and in a hour there was six in it.'
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Farmer Sarah Pye, from Dubbo in central NSW, set up a ramp inside one of her shipping containers to force the mice to fall into a large tub of water and drown.
Sharing the footage of her 'mouse trap', thousands of rodents were seen struggling to make it out of the tub.
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Ms Pye's method is just one of many farmers have been forced to use to combat mice plagues across regional NSW - with stores across the state selling out of traps.
Multiple Bunnings stores have been stripped bare of rodent-killing products due to overwhelming demand.
One resident in the Coonabarabran area said he made a DIY mouse trap with a garbage bin with a rotating lid - which led him to catch 35 mice in one night.
'Attach a ramp to the front. Smear some peanut butter along the ramp to encourage them up, then put a blob of peanut butter on the ridge line of the bin,' he wrote.
'Put about 20cm of water in the bin as well as dishwashing liquid for the smell. Leave it out over night along a wall and there you go.
'Does work, we got 35 last night.'
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Another local revealed she caught about 200 mice each night with three of the homemade traps set up.
Another farmer in Dubbo, Tracey Jones, earlier told Daily Mail Australia she and her husband were struggling to sleep due to the constant scampering of mice in their walls.
'People out here are struggling badly with them in our houses,' she said.
'My 90-year-old mother in law is living out of an esky because it's the only way she can mouse-proof her food.
'Mice are in everything, rooves and walls eating wiring, cupboards and pantries eating, nesting in and soiling in food and clothing, in cars and machinery chewing through wiring.
'The smell of dead mice is overwhelming, it's everywhere.'
Farmers have described the crippling plague as devastating to their livelihoods.
The NSW government recently announced a $50 million relief package to address the plague.
Some farmers estimated they'd suffered losses of between $50,000 and $150,000 due to grain and fodder being destroyed, according to the NSW Farmers Grains Committee.
On top of this, a survey on farmers around NSW found that more than 80 per cent had suffered significant damage to machinery and infrastructure from mice.
It was also found that 75 per cent of farmers couldn't access bait when they needed it most.
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While the rest of the world continues to tackle the global pandemic, in eastern Australia, waves of mice are flooding farms and towns. For months now, this plague has been wreaking havoc on crops, damaging electrical wires in buildings, and even biting hospital patients, leaving a stench of rodent urine and feces in its wake. The mice are getting into drinking water supplies, making some people sick, and decimating hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of crops grown by farmers who have already endured years of drought, not to mention the pandemic. The mouse plague just gets worse- mice pour out of a temporary silo and into an opportunistic trap near Dubbo.