Charleville resident Graham Sullivan holds a dead mulga snake that tried to attack 11-month-old Charles McKellar.
Charleville resident Graham Sullivan holds a dead mulga snake that tried to attack 11-month-old Charles McKellar. Contributed

Floods drive vermin into homes

RESIDENTS returning to their homes in flood-hit south-western Queensland now have to contend with an influx of dangerous vermin searching for higher ground.

Charleville mother Madeline McKellar got the fright of her life at the weekend when a 1.5-metre-long mulga snake chased after her 11-month-old son Charles.

The family was inside the living room of a friend's house when the near-attack happened.

Fortunately, a family friend managed to whisk young Charles away before he was bitten by the venomous snake.

"I've never seen a snake inside since I've lived here," Ms McKellar said.

"It's obviously crawled up from the flooded Warrego River and come into the house."

Charleville Amalgamated Pest Control owner Bruce Osborne said snakes were just one of many dangerous species that were threatening residents.

"They're just trying to keep dry too," he said.

"Our biggest problem out here is going to be sandflies.

"The water is still pretty high out here, but as soon as it lowers they're going to hatch from the soil.

"(Murweh Shire) Council have called me to do remedial stuff, but when the water lowers the job will be too big for me alone."

Two Brisbane City Council fogging trucks are doing a tour of flood-ravaged towns to exterminate the pests.

"It's already getting horrible with sandflies," Mr Osborne said.

"It's getting to the point where you can't walk with your mouth open."


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