Mice Take Mickey's Turf

There's a long line at the Orange County Health Department every morning, but not for medication. As CBS News Correspondent Byron Pitts reports, it's for poison, mice traps and advice.

In Apopka, Fla., near the city that Mickey Mouse made famous, residents have a real problem with real rodents. Entire neighborhoods are infested with mice.

"You can decapitate them or drown them. Those are the easiest ways to get rid of the mouse," says one resident.

The governor called it a war, and so far the enemy is winning. Neighbors first noticed a few mice last January. Now, an estimated half million mice have infested a corner of West Orange County, and no one knows why.

The state expects to spend between $600,000 to $1 million in work crews, exterminators, poison and traps.

"We're trying to build a buffer zone around the infested area, to contain, then control in that area," says one official.

It's a plan that hasn't come together quick enough for residents who complain at county meetings. To make matter worse, the peak breeding season starts soon.