Rodent plague in outback

Submitted: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 10:33
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I've read a few comments on the mouse (and rat) plague that appears to be covering vast areas of the outback after the rains. Are the rodents native critters or just feral varieties?
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Reply By: Bushranger1 - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 10:56

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 10:56
We have a property out in the Mallee & had a 3 day wildlife survey there about 3 weeks ago & half the wildlife count was native rodents & marsupials & the other half were feral varieties.
Lots of young animals were in the mix due to the great rainfalls.

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 16:19

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 16:19
thats great to hear lived in the bush for years and visit it alot and could count on one hand how many natives ive seen besides your usual roos and wallabies
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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 18:20

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 18:20
Yep it was great to find we had a good population of Desert Silky mice & Western Pygmy Possums that were feeding on the Banksia Flowers that are in profusion at the moment.
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Reply By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 14:14

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 14:14
a lot of them would be the native sticknest and bush rats . the next thing to watch out for are the letterwinged and black shouldered kite and various other birds of prey feeding and breeding around the plagues
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 14:06

Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 14:06
"sticknest... rats"??...if only. Lesser Stick-nest Rats are extinct. Greater Stick-nest Rats became extinct on the mainland in 1930's with populations survivig only on East and West Franklin Islands (SA). Recently a few translocated populations have been established on other islands and at some mainland locations in a effort to ensure species long term survival.

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Reply By: get outmore - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 16:17

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 16:17
while I have no expeience with this plague

thers an excellent chance their nothing more than the common house mouse

these things are as much at home in the middle of no where as your kitchen cupboard

would be good if the locals are thriving as well
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Reply By: Fatso - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 19:17

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 19:17
Wouldn' know what kind of mouse they are, but on Landline on the ABC today they were covering the plague somewhere and said there were 8000 mice per hectare.
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Reply By: zenonie - Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 06:18

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 06:18
Hi I live in SW Qld on Kilcowera Station, our mice are mostly the common house mice but there are native ones as well. The recent cold weather has steadied the population up in my area. Another cold snap might sort them right out, we are supposed to get very cold this week. Cheers Zenonie
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Reply By: jothefw - Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 14:59

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 14:59
We live just south of the Ngarkat and having never seen an Aussie plague so I can only guess we're in one now. On average I pick up in excess of 20 dead mouse per day in my garden.

We're using 8 kg + of bait, just around our house alone. They're in our cars, houses etc. We have found they are now trying to eat through the concrete door step to try and get in!

In an evening you have to be careful to bash the log on the log trolley before bringing it in as cling ons are known!

We camped at Pink Lakes in Sunset National Park after Easter and at midnight had to pack up and come home with two slightly disturbed boys having been attacked in their tents!
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Reply By: ao767brad - Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 20:17

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 20:17
Been through Dubbo and Wellington NSW in the last week and there are lots of mice around, though nothing like the plague of 1987. They have been bad in the central west and had reports of other campers that it takes a few days after leaving dubbo and wellington to rid them all from the van/camper.
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Reply By: AdlelaideGeorge - Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 13:39

Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 13:39

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Follow Up By: TheMightyMoose - Sunday, Jun 05, 2011 at 18:10

Sunday, Jun 05, 2011 at 18:10
Yes mate I've bought one - the hard floor model.
I think they are in Ballarat if I recall correctly - it's on their site somewhere.
No we didn't go down there but we got to look at one that the carrier had brought up - luckily he lives not too far away and he even opened it up for us.
Some minor issues but they sorted them out immediately and more than satisfactorily.
Apart from a quick look we haven't had a chance to take it away (it's unregistered) so i can't comment further.
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