US News Australia: a mouse invasion forces the evacuation of a prison

14:45  22 june  2021
14:45  22 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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L'est de l'Australie est depuis quelques mois victime d'une invasion de souris qui s'attaquent aux habitations et dévorent les récoltes. © AP - Rick Rycroft East of Australia has been a few months since a mouse invasion that attack the homes and devour the Harvests.

For several months now, the Australian state of New South Wales has to face a mouse invasion. Hundreds of thousands of rodents who ravage the fields and despair farmers. But farmers are not their only victims. One of the greatest prisons in the state had to be evacuated, the proliferation of mice being such that the safety conditions are no longer met.

with our correspondent in Sydney, Gregory Poles

Forced move for the 420 held in the Wellington Prison, 350 km northwest of Sydney, but also for its 200 penitentiary supervisors. While the Australian hinterland has been confronted for months to a real invasion of mouse, this detention center has also made it the costs.

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Rodents, who eat electric cables, have caused significant dysfunctions in this stop home. Once dead, the corpses of these mice attract mites and other insects. Result: the safety of the prison can no longer be guaranteed. This is why the penitentiary authorities have begun the transfer of all prisoners. A transfer that should spread over about ten days.

Pesticide forbidden

will then come from the teams responsible for putting damaged equipment in a state, and especially to disinfect this background prison. A long process, since this detention center should remain empty for at least four months.

For their part, farmers, also inappropriate in the face of this invasion, require the authorization of a pesticide, the use of which is currently prohibited.

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