WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES
Residents have been sharing disturbing images of the mice “plague” invading their towns across NSW’s Central West.
Earlier this week, 7NEWS reported on a plague of rodents that had descended upon the town of Orange.
Now residents claim that rain – which has beset NSW in recent days and is due back again late next week – is bringing the critters out in force.
One resident caught more than a dozen rats in their mouse traps over the course of a single night.
Another frustrated resident said the rain had caused mice to drown in their water tank.
Taking to social media, a resident from Elong Elong near Dubbo said: “This (pictured below) is from my water tank TODAY after 25mls of rain.
“I actually CLEANED this out one week ago and it was full of clumped mice fur.
“PLEASE CHECK YOUR WATER TANKS AND CLEAN THEM IF NEEDED. Be safe everyone,” they finished.
Mice were in abundance prior to the rain.
“It seems there are plenty of us right now being invaded by the dreaded mice plague,” a resident posted on social media.
In one household, they caught 250 mice
A family dog hunted down more than 200 mice over a couple of days.
The demand for mouse traps is so high that local stores are running out.
A spokesperson from Furneys Stockfeeds in Orange said his store couldn’t keep up with demand for industrial and domestic mice traps and bait.
“We’re very concerned because we can’t buy bait. Our suppliers can’t supply it at the moment,” he told PRIME7.
“I had a lady in the other day, she’s actually trapping them in buckets of water.”
Indeed, some locals have resorted to home made mouse traps.
‘Water bucket Trap – metal bar will spin as mouse walks on and it will fall into the water and drown,” wrote one resident.
Mayor of Orange, Councillor Reg Kidd, warned “the numbers (of mice) can build up very very quickly”.
“Make sure you block any holes where mice can get in. An old remedy was steel wool”,” he told PRIME7.