The allusion to the biblical plagues was a regular quote in those times.
Like farmers and rural people everywhere since farming began some 12, 000 years ago, we coped, picked ourselves up and got on with life again but when something like that happens you never forget and you try to find ways of reducing or abolishing the problem.
When up against nature as in plagues, you just have to live with it until the plague is over.
A couple of items came out of that plague.
We were using some pretty nasty concoctions on grain to try and stop those mice from eating the sown seed in the paddocks but the authorities stopped that dead in it's tracks as there was a very strong probability of some of those nasties getting into our export and domestic consumption shipments of grain and then you guys would jump right in and tell the world [ which you have done on many occasions ] that Australian wheat was s**t and dangerous. [ at times, I don't know why we are still your allies ]
With the pollies and bureaucrats on the rack over the mouse plague and their preventing any action on reducing the numbers with the then non targetable available chemicals there was suddenly a lot of money on the table to find a fix and do it fast for mouse plagues.
The result was a broad acre mouse bait using Zinc Phosphide
The bait is spread at around 1 kg / Hectare [ 1/2 kg works just as good ] by using small spinners on the back of a ute so that you can click along at 30kph plus on around 30 metre widths.
So you can cover some big areas pretty fast if you can afford the cost of the bait!
The mice only need to eat a part of a sterilised [ to prevent it growing in the cereal crop ] and Zinc Phosphide treated grain and the stomach acids release Phosphine gas which kills most things quick smart.
That has been one of the best things against mouse plagues ever but as you can see in that Adelaide article even that can cost and some guys over there just made the decision not to plant this year.
With the oncoming locust plague which has already literally wiped out some thousands of acres of newly emerged crops in northern Victoria before the locusts went into winter hibernation, aerial spraying will take place on the hopper bands before they can fly and boom spraying on private property, ie; farm land.
Farmers are getting subsidised chemicals but on public lands they will be using a natural parasitical fungus that is sprayed onto the hopper bands and that grows into and through the hoppers and kills them.
But that takes a couple of weeks to act so we are still stuck with the strong probability that many swarms will be missed until too late and they then scatter and really destroy anything that is green.
In a very bad 1930's plague, my mother use to tell me that the locusts actually ate the green paint off of broom handles.
And that is not a tall tale from Australia but is fair dinkum.
In northern victoria early this year, a lot of outdoor people were wearing fly nets to stop the locusts swarms hitting their faces all the time as they are big and they can hurt when they hit you on the face.
If you think you are doing it hard, try looking at some other places on this planet and when you do you realise that we do have it rather good despite all our apparent setbacks.
EDIT; my apologies to all for getting off topic but if you learn't something then that is why we are all here on this forum.