Stuart Hwy, Alice to Adelaide - mouse plague?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 12:51
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Hi all,
Just finished a great trip through the Kimberly and are on the way back to Melb.
Just wondering if anyone has been through Alice, Kulgera, Marla, Cooper Pedy, Woomera, Port Augusta (Mt Remarkable) or Adelaide and can fill us in on the mouse situation?
We're in a tent and don't mind one or two of the critters but we'd rather avoid the hordes if we can!
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Reply By: Skippype - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 14:36

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 14:36
We got 61 in our water trap at Napper Merry last night. They are out and about around here......Into everything.....
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 14:39

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 14:39
Haven't been through those regions myself since last year but I've been talking recently on HF to people who have - it seems you'll be hard pressed to avoid them - quite widespread - reports include the Red Centre and generally right down through the Flinders into SA's mid north. Bit of a lottery it seems - if you go out of your way to avoid potential mobs, they might have built up worse the way you are going (or not be there at all) .....bloke on the ABC the other night said they can disappear in areas as quickly as they emerge - frosts knock them around - pray for cold :-o).
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 14:44

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 14:44
Should have added - mobs at Moomba the other day (and as Skip says, further east too). Eyre Peninsula is copping it as well I think. If you could get across to the headwaters in the Murray Darling system, you might just boat it home :-o).
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Reply By: patrolmann - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 15:17

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 15:17
Hi We travelled up the Oodnadatta track through to Marla and onto Alice two weeks ago.
We stayed at a great place called Wallace Rockholes out of Alice. A couple of mice but nothing to worry about. $10.00 per night per van for hot showers, powered sites.Its within a community and has a shop and arts centre. Nothing flash but a great little hidden gem for doing the gorges out in the west Mac.
No mice at g,day mate caravan park in Alice.
Mice at Stuarts well and owner says they are thinning out. Seen maybe 6 there
Mice at Rainbow Valley and at Chambers Pillar.
Nothing from there down to Adelaide even though we free camped in the bush.
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Follow Up By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 18:17

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 18:17
Recently camping up that way and likewise, here were a few around but hardly plagues.
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 20:24

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 20:24

That's $5 a mouse! Bit steep if you ask me.

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Reply By: yakodi - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 16:00

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 16:00
Gday Secondrun, Living in Alice we kill about 3-10 mice per night in traps and have done for the past 3-4 months. The cold is reducing the numbers of mice. Friends camping out of town in the past few weeks, particularly in the east and west MacDonnell ranges and down south towards Finke are reporting high numbers around their camps. They reported that little food is starving them and they were canabalising each other. One of the local school camps had to return to town each evening due to the high number of mice as the kids were being bitten each evening while they slept or tried to sleep.

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Reply By: SecondRun - Wednesday, Jun 08, 2011 at 12:25

Wednesday, Jun 08, 2011 at 12:25
Thanks a lot for the info and tips everyone, that's good to hear that most places sound not too bad at the moment. Cold front is coming through over the next few days so that will probably help too.
Cannibalising mice.... sounds horrible!
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