Australia to blitz mouse plague with ‘NAPALM’ amid fears infestation could explode by FIVE MILLION in a year

THE Australian government is set to blitz its mouse plague with "napalm for mice" in a bid to wipe out the rapidly multiplying rodents.

Tens of millions of rampaging mice have sparked horrific infestations stretching 1,000km from Brisbane down to Melbourne and tormented farming communities for eight months.

In just three months, two mice can spark a colony of almost 400, rapidly spawning to tens of thousands, Daily Mail Australia reports.

A mouse can live for up to two or three years – and females can start reproducing at just six weeks of age.

They can give birth to ten babies just three weeks later and the mum can get pregnant again the very next day.

Unchecked, mathematicians estimate a rampant colony could grow to five million within a year, according to Preventative Pest Control.

Experts have warned "without a concerted baiting effort in the next few weeks this could easily turn into a two-year plague event".


And in a desperate bid to stop the mouse menace, the government in New South Wales has secured 5,000 litres of the toxic rodent poison bromadiolone – dubbed "napalm for mice" – which is currently banned for agriculture use in the country.

But the state has offered to provide it for free if the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority approves it.

Bromadiolone kills rats and mice by preventing the blood from clotting and can be lethal from one day of eating the poison, according to the National Pesticide Information Center.

Announcing the measure as part of a $50million package to curb the outbreak, Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said the poison would be "the equivalent of napalming mice" across the affected regions.

Napalm was developed for the United States Chemical Warfare Service in 1942 in a secret lab at Harvard University.

The firebomb fuel gel mixture became a key element of US military action during the Vietnam War.

Napalm was often mixed with gasoline or jet fuel to make a catastrophic bomb and it has a gel-like consistency, allowing it to stick to targets.

The 1980 United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons outlawed the use of the chemical on civilians.

Some Australian farmers are concerned about the possible effect of bromadiolone on their livestock.

And environmentalists have warned the toxin will likely kill animals that prey on mice like eagles, snakes and owls.

The plague of rodents have caused untold damage to Australia's eastern coast, decimating crops and chomping their way through food storage units.

The mice have also invaded homes, schools and hospitals as they thrive after heavy rain and hot and dry spells led to a bumper harvest.

One  family in New South Wales lost their home after mice chewed through their wiring, causing a house fire.

The mum said: "Mice were just jumping from the roof. Around the house and into the neighbour's, there's dead, burnt mice."

And fisherman Aaron Graham caught a bloated Murray cod with ten mice in its mouth while trying to catch fish on the Macquarie River in New South Wales.


Graham said the cod he usually finds are 40-55cm in length but have doubled in size in recent months as fish gorge on the rodents as they swim across the rivers.

"You can definitely smell the mice before you see them. It's like a musky smell," he told Daily Mail Australia.

"This year the average is 65-70cm, so the cod are a lot bigger and a lot fatter."

A government-funded MouseAlert website shows mouse sightings have doubled since March – with a surge in cases in and around Sydney.

Channel 10 News Sydney claimed the mice could now be "marching towards" Australia's biggest city to "invade" by August.

Farmers have been sharing images and viral videos showing mice pouring out of grain feeders and storage plants.

One video previously published by the Sun Online showed mice pouring out of a silo as workers tried to clean it out.

The horror footage was shared on Twitter by ABC reporter Lucy Thackray, who said it started "raining mice".

“Even if grains in silos, mice can get to it," she tweeted.

Xavier Martin, a grain farmer from New South Wales, told The Telegraph: "After more than eight months of battling growing mouse numbers farmers are still waiting for state government assistance to hit the ground and offer some practical support to our farming community."

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