China News Service, June 14 (Central News Agency) reported that Australian farmers have been hit hard by a series of disasters in recent years. After having survived severe droughts, wildfires, and floods caused by continuous heavy rains, they are now suffering from rodents-swarms Rats swarmed into the fields and gnawed the crops that farmers had worked so hard to grow.
An old man said that this was the worst 3 years he had ever seen in his life.
According to reports, Australian farmer Cole Tinker used a broom to drove hundreds of rats to temporary traps. Although somewhat cruel, he had to try to slow down the rodent infestation.
His farm is close to the Australian township of Dubbo, and many other farms in eastern Australia, like his farm, are infested by a large number of rats.
However, Tinker's efforts were almost ineffective. The mice continued to bite grains and haystacks, and anything slightly edible would be bitten.
The report pointed out that Australian farmers have been hit hard by a series of disasters in recent years, and rodent infestation is the latest threat.
After years of drought, wildfires burned in Australia for several months at the end of 2019. After that, there was a prolonged drought and rain. Unexpectedly, heavy rains in many areas caused floods.
Tinker said: "My father is still there. He is 93 years old. This is the worst 3 years he has ever seen in his life. I think this is probably the worst rat infestation he has ever seen."
According to reports, the Australian government has announced that it will provide millions of dollars in support to obtain a more potent poison.
However, experts worry that the poison will enter the food chain and may kill native wild animals that eat poisoned rats.
Researcher Henry of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization said that a multi-pronged approach such as the correct choice of rodenticide use, setting up traps, and removing other food sources may help curb the number of rats.
However, while focusing on quick solutions, we must also focus on long-term solutions, including further research on the causes of increased rodent infestation.
Bill Bateman, an associate professor at Curtin University in Western Australia, said that severe rodent infestations seem to occur once every ten years, but climate change is likely to make such cases more frequent.