KALKEE hobby farmer Susan Eldridge has been catching so many mice with her ten bucket traps that she can’t keep a measure.
Her 13-acre property on Geodetic Road has been drawing enough mice to fill three larger nine-litre buckets with corpses every night.
A few weeks ago, Mrs Eldridge and her husband had to adopt the bucket traps as regular traps were no longer cutting it.
“They worked but they were too slow, and you’d set a trap only to have it go off immediately.”
Even the mouse’s traditional enemy has been overwhelmed.
“We haven’t had to feed our cats in months. We have have five cats and they haven’t gone hungry,” Mrs Eldridge said.
Instead, the Eldridges set up wine bottles above buckets around the property.
“We put sesame oil on the bread and put it on a piece of wire in the end of the bottle with oil on the neck,” Mrs Eldridge said.
“We have chooks so we can only put the traps out at night when they are roosting so they don’t eat the bread.”
The traps have been so successful that a women in Jung copied the design and caught 79 mice in one bucket.
Mrs Eldridge believes the mice have been attracted to her property as this was the first time she had cut hay.
“There are too many to count, there must be thousands of dead mice,” she said.
“We bury the dead ones in a deep hole.”
Mrs Eldridge believes the numbers might have peaked at her property as there were less corpses last night than in previous nights.
“They got into our caravan,” she said.
“When we looked at a blanket in the shed, it was moving with all the mice under it.”