Landholders urged to be on the lookout for and report mice sightings
18 April 2017
Western Local Land Services have flagged increased mice numbers throughout much of the Western region and as such are calling on landholders to report unusually high numbers to assist with managing the issue.
Following well above average seasonal rainfall during winter and spring in 2016, there was an abundance of feed available for mice in summer which has continued into autumn, making conditions in the Western region conducive to increased mice numbers.
In particular, the Sunraysia area that experienced a severe storm in November that caused extensive damage to cereal crops potentially has a huge source of food for mice to consume and increase their populations to higher than usual.
Manager of Biosecurity and Emergency Services, David Creeper does not want landholders and community members to be overly alarmed as mice numbers generally escalate after good seasons, however he has called on landholders that have experienced damage or seen higher mice numbers to contact Western Local Land Services’ Biosecurity Officers.
“We know from previous experience that high mice numbers not only impact on cropping operations at seeding but also on all livestock operations by contaminating feed and reducing the overall health of animals,” Mr Creeper said.
“We are getting reports from sections of the Western region of unusually high numbers of mice and when considering the conditions that isn’t a great surprise.
“For Western Local Land Services to work with landholders to address the problem, we rely on reports from landholders and what they are seeing on their properties and in their region.
“If you are seeing unusually high numbers of mice in and around your property, it is very important you contact your local Biosecurity Officer so we can provide advice and see what trends are emerging across the region.”
Mr Creeper went on to say that identifying the extent of the problem early and adopting an integrated strategy to mice control is extremely important.
This includes limiting access to food sources such as spilled grain, particularly around buildings, reducing access to habitats by clearing any rubbish heaps or high growth around building and sheds.
Careful placement of baits and bait stations in buildings will improve the effectiveness and reduce the risk of off target damage.
More information regarding controlling mice is available on the Grains Research and Development Corporation website.
Western Local Land Services office locations and contact details can be found under the 'Our region' tab.
Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0428 679 974.