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What MouseAlert provides

MouseAlert is a free resource that grain producers and farmers can use to record and report the prevalence of mice before they become a major issue. MouseAlert is a free resource, and can help you to notify producers in your region about changes in mouse activity. Information you enter, can be used to alert local biosecurity authorities and other people about changes in mouse populations, which can help everyone reduce the problems they cause.

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What to record

  1. Mouse activity in paddocks, crops, and grain storage     
  2. Photos of the damage they cause
  3. Notes about any recent changes to mouse activity, such as Numbers are rising.   
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Mouse Activity Report - August 2021 CSIRO and GRDC

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Moderate or high numbers of mice is a serious concern for this time of year. Urgent action is required to minimise damage and losses.
 
  •  Mouse numbers are moderate to high in many regions of WA, NSW, Victoria and Queensland (see map).
  • Mice will begin breeding shortly, and conditions are highly favourable (lots of foods, cover and moisture). Mouse numbers will only increase once breeding starts, and peak in late autumn (Mar/Apr 2022)
  • Consider zinc phosphide baiting (50 g ZnP / kg bait) before seed set.
  • Mouse numbers are patchy in many areas - but be vigilant.
  • Growers should monitor mouse activity by active burrow counts and mouse chew cards. There is always a chance of isolated patches of higher mouse activity.
  • Report your mouse activity into MouseAlert so that other growers can see trends in mouse observations, and so we can keep you informed about any chances in your local area! Follow on twitter using @MouseAlert

Management recommendations

  • Monitor crops for mouse activity - use chew cards or walk across your paddocks for active burrow counts.
  • Bait if mouse damage is evidence to maturing crops - Aerial apply zinc phosphide mouse bait.
  • Always adhere to label instructions when baiting, and be aware of withholding periods.
  • Once seeds have developed on heads, mice are reluctant to go for zinc phosphide baits, so bait well before seed set if possible.
  • Talk to bait suppliers and ask for 50 g ZnP / kg bait to ensure best chance of success. Be aware that demand for bait is currently high.
  • Control weeds and grasses along fence lines and crop margins before seedset by spraying or slashing.
  • Mouse-proof houses and grain/stock feed storage areas if possible.
  • Apply bait around buildings if necessary - please comply with label conditions.
  • Talk with other growers, and seek advice. 

Benefits of using MouseAlert

  • Document mouse activity (eg. crops, grain storage)
  • Stay informed about changes in mouse activity in your local area
  • Alert your local biosecurity group and neighbours to changes in mouse activity
  • Develop a coordinated control program with your local community

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Rebates - NSW mouse plague 

A number of rebates are now available for those impacted by the NSW mouse plague including households, small businesses and primary producers. For further information, to make a claim, or to confirm your eligibility, please follow the link below: 
 

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