Freedomroo – Australian farmer reveals she learned to live with ‘putrid’ smell of dead mice

Farmer Anne Cullen (pictured) said on This Morning today she's learned to live with the 'putrid' smell of decaying rodents since her New South Wales home was overrun by a plague of mice swarming eastern Australia

An Australian farmer whose home has been overrun by a plague of mice has said she’s learned to live with the ‘putrid’ smell of decaying rodents after picking up ‘buckets’ of them everyday. 

Rural areas of eastern Australia have been infested by thousands of mice after an abundance of rain and bumper crops in March created ideal conditions for the mice to breed. 

Anne Cullen, from Coonamble, New South Wales, has spent up to $40,000 trying to eradicate the rodents in her home, after finding that a swathe of them had infested her property.  

Appearing on This Morning today, she described the situation as a ‘nightmare’ and said that while she tries her best to get rid of the animals with poison, it’s impossible to eradicate them because they breed so quickly. 

Farmer Anne Cullen (pictured) said on This Morning today she’s learned to live with the ‘putrid’ smell of decaying rodents since her New South Wales home was overrun by a plague of mice swarming eastern Australia

Rural areas of eastern Australia have been infested by thousands of rodents after bumper crops created by abundance of rain in March created ideal conditions for the mice to breed. Pictured, dead mice at a property in Coonamble

Rural areas of eastern Australia have been infested by thousands of rodents after bumper crops created by abundance of rain in March created ideal conditions for the mice to breed. Pictured, dead mice at a property in Coonamble

‘The smell is just absolutely putrid’, said Anne. ‘The funny thing is you get used to it, you have no choice, it’s absolutely revolting. 

‘I was going out every morning collecting a bucket of dead mice and throwing them away, but there are so many under the house, so many around you don’t see, that you can’t pick up and that is the stench. The stench around my hay shed was quite revolting, but you have to get used to it.’ 

Anne was visiting her daughter when the mice invaded her home, and says she’s had no choice but to sleep among the plague of rodents – even waking up to find one running through her hair.   

Appearing on the ITV show today, she described the situation as a 'nightmare' to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

Appearing on the ITV show today, she described the situation as a ‘nightmare’ to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

The farmer said that while she tries her best to get rid of the animals with poison, it's impossible to eradicate the rodents because they breed so quickly

The farmer said that while she tries her best to get rid of the animals with poison, it’s impossible to eradicate the rodents because they breed so quickly

‘I came back into my house and turned on the light, it was dark and of course the mice all come out at nighttime’, told Anne. 

Horror mouse plague sweeping across eastern Australia as farmers’ crops are destroyed by rodents

Rural areas of eastern Australia have been infested by thousands of mice after an abundance of rain and bumper crops in March created ideal conditions for the mice to breed. 

Countless farmers have had crops destroyed, with some losing as much as $300,000 of stock.

The shocking mathematics behind the lifecycle of mice is one of the main reasons the mouse plague inundating Australia’s eastern states is so terrifying.

In only a few months, two mice can spawn a colony of hundreds of thousands – which in perfect conditions could even blow out to millions in just over a year.

‘The mice were all over my bed, all over the veranda. They had eaten through a bean bag and so there was the bean bag all over the floor. It was just a nightmare. 

‘I thought to myself, “what on earth do I do?” You can’t go and sleep in your car because they’re in your car – I had to find a bedroom that was a little bit more secure, but that night I had mice running through my hair.’ 

Anne says she was ‘aghast’ after seeing how many of the mice had taken over her hay shed, and that despite putting out handfuls of poison everyday – she hasn’t been able to ‘make a dent’ in the swarm.

‘When I first went over there in the evening and saw it I was just aghast’, she said. ‘There was just thousands. 

‘Every night I was going over and putting over handfuls of the mouse bait, I would see so many dead ones but they were all still there. I was doing it for days and I thought “I’m not making a dent here”. There were just thousands and thousands of them.’ 

Despite putting out mouse bait, traps and even putting up a steel wall, Anne says there’s no way to stop the mice from entering her home. 

‘You’re sitting watching television and you see them running across the floor. My house is an old house’, said Anne. ‘I’ve managed to put some steel wall and some doors in spots you think they’re coming in, but you really can’t stop them.’ 

The rodents reproduce rapidly, breeding at just six weeks of age giving birth to litters as large as 10 offspring every 20 days.

The pests reproduce rapidly, breeding at just six weeks of age giving birth to litters as large as 10 offspring every 20 days. Pictured, swathes of mice in the New South Wales area of Australia

The pests reproduce rapidly, breeding at just six weeks of age giving birth to litters as large as 10 offspring every 20 days. Pictured, swathes of mice in the New South Wales area of Australia 

It’s not just homes that have been impacted, with Anne saying that despite cleaning stores three times a day, the smell of dead mice in local supermarkets is ‘just dreadful’. 

‘Wherever there’s food they will go’, she said. ‘The poor supermarkets have had to throw out so many tons of food and had to put everything into plastic containers, there has been a huge cost for them. 

‘The smell is just dreadful and they have to clean because of health standards, they’re cleaning three times a day, it’s an enormous cost for supermarkets as well.’

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