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Mice

Constraint – Mice

Appearance

  • Mice are small, brown furred, short haired rodents with pronounced front teeth and a long hairless tail

Symptoms

  • Mice can cause damage in crop paddocks immediately after sowing by digging into loose soil to consume seeds

  • They also eat the newly sprouted seedlings before and after they emerge from the soil

Damage

  • Damage can be extensive depending on population numbers
  • In severe cases, the crop may have to be resown

Control

Once a widespread mouse plague has developed, it is unlikely that any eradication program will have much effect on mouse numbers. If control measures are to be at all effective, they need to be applied as early as possible in the breeding season and should aim at reducing the ability of mice to live and breed in areas near crops, storage facilities and buildings. Efficient harvest and storage of seed, as well as removal of stubble and remnant vegetation can decrease food supplies for mice. Baiting and natural predators can also decrease populations.

Links and Resources

DPI NSW - Mice

Links to early detection of mice plagues, mouse monitoring and baiting, monitoring techniques for vertebrate pests, frequently asked questions, and safe storage and disposal of baits.

Victorian winter crop summary 2014 - Mice

Page 41. Brief paragraph on the importance of controlling mice. Updated annually.