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Mice infestation update

Friday, March 12, 2021

Our Regional Recovery Officers are keeping track of mice infestations across southern Queensland, NSW, Victoria and southern South Australia.

Now in plague proportions in many areas, the devastation of a wide variety of valuable crops and fodder continues to grow. Breeding conditions are very favourable across much of inland Australia where good crops are providing abundant high-quality food.

It’s a severely challenging time for affected farmers, many of whom are harvesting and storing crops for the first time in several years.

We recognise this problem, its impacts on rural families and communities, and we are working to provide information and access to support where we can.

Fortunately, good support is already available.

For instance, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Mouse Control website has practical tips on mouse control and ways to minimise infestation.

The FeralScan App (available on Apple App-Store or Google Play-store) allows farmers to record information about mice on their property or in their local area. Information recorded will display on the MouseAlert website which is tracking the growing plague.

You can also check with your state government and local land care agencies for resources available in your area.

The GRDC and CSIRO are funding research which will inform future decision-making at all levels. CSIRO researcher Steve Henry has just completed an extensive two-week visit through western New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria to see the problem first hand. We’ll be interviewing Steve about his findings and will be aiming to bring it to you soon.

In the meantime, our Regional Recovery Officers are a great source of information and advice on drought and other support available. Find the RRO nearest you at www.droughtandflood.gov.au/our-community/regional-recovery-officers.