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Mouse numbers are generally low in all monitoring locations. Breeding in Northwest Victoria started in early August (earlier than usual) and combined with good rainfall, we expect abundant food supply and moderate mouse abundance in autumn 2017 (April/May). The forecast is for moderate trap success of 35-50% depending on December rainfall, and the probability of an outbreak in autumn is 0.58 (similar to 2010). The next routine monitoring is March/April 2017. Growers are recommended to harvest crops as cleanly as possible to reduce the amount of residual food available for mice, and limit breeding.
Read the latest Mouse Monitoring Update (December 2016) (PDF)
If you see evidence of mouse activity (e.g. mice on the road at night) please record this in MouseAlert. This will alert other farmers about potential mouse problems, and help to forecast the likelihood of a plague in your district.
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Mobile device users can now access MouseAlert faster and more easily while in the field. Record and view real-time data from your mobile device. Use this mobile phone mapping facility to record mouse activity in your local area
Mice can cause enormous damage to crops in a very short time period. Most damage occurs during mouse plagues, however by the time a large plague is obvious, it is generally too late to do anything to stop the damage. That is why acting early (and actively recording mouse activity at key times) is very important.
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