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Entertainment Australia: Farmers face a mouse invasion that devour the

22:30  15 june  2021
22:30  15 june  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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harvests Farmers are totally helpless in front of its thousands of rodents moving in Horde

Après des années de sécheresse, des fermiers de l'est de l'Australie font, depuis des mois, face à une invasion de souris qui dévorent leurs récoltes. © Rick RycRoft / AP / SIPA after years of drought, Farmers from Eastern Australia have been making a mouse invasion for months, which devour their crops. Fleey - Farmers are totally helpless to his thousands of rodents who move in Horde

You may have seen on the networks, his nightmare videos where we see thousands of mice to grill in barns, dwellings and moving by hordes at vive pace. The images were turned into Australia . After several years of drought , months of devastating forest fires at the end of 2019 and the floods that followed, the farmers of the east of the country must now deal with an invasion of mice that devour their harvests and against which They are completely helpless.

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"My father is still alive, he is 93 years old, and these are the three worst years of his life. I think it's probably the worst invasion of mouse ever recorded, "according to Col Tink, farmer cattle farmer near Dubbo, a small remote town of New South Wales. He fears that this plague continues during the austral winter, which begins in June. "If we do not have a truly cold and wet winter, I worry a little about what will happen in the spring," said this 65-year-old man.

landed in Australia with the first British settlers

Steve Henry, researcher within CSIO, the public scientific research center, is hardly more optimistic. "When such a mouse invasion ends, they disappear overnight and that is not what we are currently attending," says Steve Henry, specialist Animals have been harmful for nearly three decades.

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The mice landed in Australia with the first British settlers. This tiny rodent adapts perfectly to the good and poor performance of Australian agriculture, linked to climate. This scourge is frequent but this year, he has reached peaks.

Climate change could make this phenomenon more frequent

this year, the numbers are "simply astronomical", according to Terry Fishpool, 74, a producer of cereals of Tottenham, in New South Wales. Large amounts of rodents were reported in October and an exceptional harvest, after the worst drought ever recorded, allowed them to proliferate.

Bill Bateman, Professor Associate at Curtin University in Western Australia, believes that so far, these mouse invasions occur only once a decade, but climate change could make this phenomenon more frequent. "If we no longer have harsh winters, the mice will survive all year round, then it will become chronic," says Bill Bateman.

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The solution: a dangerous pesticide for the environment ...

Faced with this scourge, the Australian government has announced a multi-million dollar aid plan and developed a powerful pesticide, bromadiolone, which has not yet yet approved by the authorities. But this anti-coagulant, which acts more quickly and effectively than the pesticides so far widespread, has the disadvantage of staying longer in the body of dead or agonizing mice.

Experts fear that it also kills animals that will then eat poisoned mice. "The use of this second-generation rodent control product is extremely worrying," says Bill Bateman, the School of Molecular Sciences and Life. "It's a dangerous slope" and its use in the long term and stay in the environment. By killing natural predators, it could poison humans through the food chain, according to him.

"We will really attract us in trouble, not only by destroying our biodiversity, but also by destroying our defense against any future invasion of mice". For Steve Henry, a use of insecticides, traps and methods until then used could help reduce the number of mice if their population continues to increase after winter. For him the priority is to seek long-term solutions, including the causes of this "huge" scourge.

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