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

Farmers work together to predict mouse plagues.


Current advice: Keep an eye out for mice during crop sowing and growing season.

Grain growers are being encouraged to keep a close eye on mouse activity over the coming crop growing and harvesting season and regularly record their observations via MouseAlert.
MouseAlert aims at improving early warning of possible plagues to enable a rapid response to increases in mouse activity.
MouseAlert can be used to map where mice are and where they aren’t, so participants can play a vital role in developing a better picture of mice distribution and numbers.
MouseAlert can be used as often as you want – for recording mouse activity, or viewing what is happening in your local area.
Please take 3 minutes to complete a MouseAlert report. Your data will help to identify the risk of mouse plagues in your region in future growing seasons.

Click here to start mapping mouse activity.

If you need any assistance, please email

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Download the Mobile App for Apple and Android

Simply download this App, and start recording mouse activity in your local area. MouseAlert is part of the FeralScan Phone App.

Update: Low mouse activity in most areas

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) 


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.

Author: G McKee

Record mouse activity in your local area now

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.

Map mice activity now >

Bring your farming group online

MouseAlert can be used by landholder groups to inform members of current trends in mouse activity and damage. By joining a group, you can (1) keep members up-to-date about current issues, (2) alert members to changes in mouse activity, and (3) work together to control mice before their numbers rise.

Use your Mobile Phone to map Mouse activity - click here

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

Respond early to prevent mouse 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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