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Richard Konzag uses MouseAlert to record local mouse abundance data. Image GRDC

Farmers urged to record current mouse problems.


It only takes 45 seconds to record current mouse problems in MouseAlert to help raise awareness about mouse problems in your local area, to help farmers take steps to protect crops.


Current advice: Mouse numbers are rising.

MouseAlert aims at keep people informed about mouse problems, improve early warnings, predict future plagues, and help farmers protect crops.

Click here to record and view Mouse activity.

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Update: High populations in Victoria, moderate elsewhere. 

High populations of mice in Mallee and Wimmera, Victoria – Numbers are high for this time of year. Mice are causing some damage to growing crops but baiting appears to be effective. Moderate populations of mice in Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas, South Australian Mallee and Southern NSW - Mice are causing some damage to growing crops, including  cereals, canola and pulses, but baiting has generally been effective. Mouse abundance remains low in all other regions

 Growers should actively monitor mouse activity and look for signs of mouse damage (chewed tillers; nodes and pods in canola and pulses). If mouse population high: Consider application of bait now (beware of 2 week withholding period). If mouse population low-moderate: Continue to be vigilant (watching brief). Communicate with your local bait supplier to understand supply time-frames and help decide if you need to pre-purchase bait. Crops can’t be treated with bait within 14 days of harvesting beginning (withholding period). 

 Read the latest Mouse Monitoring Update (October 2017) (PDF) 

Download the App

Simply download this App to start recording mouse activity in your local area.

When to record mouse activity

Recording mouse activity at key times will improve forecasts that will help early application of control to reduce the impacts of plagues. Information is particularly valuable at 3 key times in the cropping cycle.

Find out when to record mouse activity - Click here.

Respond early to prevent problems

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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