All the ways people are managing the mouse plague | The North West Star

 All the ways people are managing the mouse plague | The North West Star

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As they say, desperate times called for desperate measures. The ongoing mouse plague afflicting the NSW Central West has brought about dozens of homemade and DIY solutions from residents who are left with no other options as the store shelves are bereft of suitable traps and poisons to manage the chaos. The Mudgee Guardian put the call out on a number of local social media community pages asking for people’s DIY creations and tips for managing mice. Keight Roar summed up most people’s experience. “I’m on 25 acres, I’ve got baits out (replaced daily) around chook pens and hay sheds. 10 cats and a jack Russell catching mice plus 10 live traps set in the two homes on the block,” Keight said. IN OTHER NEWS: “[I’m getting roughly 100 a day. Had to put all food in plastic tubs. Roof and walls are constantly moving. They eating my veggie plants and raiding my bird cage and pet bowls. My house stinks of mouse pee and death. My family are experiencing breathing problems. No matter how much I clean it doesn’t end. They are climbing on us in our sleep chewing clothing n other belongings and costing us a fortune. Will we ever catch a break?” Marie King has 16 buckets in operation and has been spending just on $200 a week on bait. ‘Been tearing my hair out. [Catching] 300 – 350 per night.’ Sean Doherty has one interesting solution. Peanut butter as the lure and .22 with rat shot results in hours of entertainment, as well as reducing numbers. Emily Roberts-Stewart has…

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