Mouse management

mouse logoGRDC is committed to exploring options for better mouse management for Australian grain growers, and supports ongoing mouse-related research, development and extension (RD&E) initiatives.

Due to the increasing prevalence of mice in many key grain-growing regions, GRDC has partnered with CSIRO to enhance understanding of mouse management. As part of our RD&E initiatives, we have current investments on mouse management valued at over $7.5 million.

The CSIRO-led research focuses on:

  • understanding mouse ecology, biology and management
  • increasing surveillance
  • investigating mouse feeding preferences.
8 Apr 2022, CSIRO tours address mouse control in WA’s regions
8 Apr 2022, CSIRO tours address mouse control in WA’s regions

Growers and advisers attended a mouse management workshop with Steve Henry, CSIRO, in Binnu focusing on awareness, monitoring and practical information for on-farm management.

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7 Apr 2022, Mouse Monitoring project Update #27
7 Apr 2022, Mouse Monitoring project Update #27

View Mouse monitoring update issue 27 for April.

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24 Jan 2022, GRDC invests in better mouse management for WA growers ahead of increased activity
24 Jan 2022, GRDC invests in better mouse management for WA growers ahead of increased activity

Reports of an increase in mouse activity across Western Australia’s grain growing region haven’t come as a surprise to industry experts, who were expecting high numbers this year after a bumper harvest and significant outbreak in 2021.

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1 Nov 2021, Doubling down on bait to reduce mouse numbers
1 Nov 2021, Doubling down on bait to reduce mouse numbers

Double-strength mouse baits are improving outcomes for growers.

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27 Oct 2021, Mouse monitoring update #26
27 Oct 2021, Mouse monitoring update #26

View Mouse monitoring update issue 26 for October.

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2 Sept 2021, Grains Research Update, Mouse update
2 Sept 2021, Grains Research Update, Mouse update

View the Grains Research Update, online – Mouse update – spring management in winter crops and in the lead up to summer crop sowing video.

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Control now a year-round activity
Control now a year-round activity

Until recently, explosions in mouse populations in grain-growing areas were often followed by population crashes and consecutive years of little activity and damage. However, mice now appear to have become a more persistent problem with base populations carrying over from one year to the next.

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Know your mouse numbers
Know your mouse numbers

Growers should monitor paddocks to get an accurate idea of their mouse problem as numbers can vary significantly within a district. Monitor by walking a transect of 100 metres across the crop and counting active holes in a 1-metre-wide strip (gives an area assessed of 100 square metres).

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Baiting
Baiting

Mouse baiting should be conducted as soon as practical after seeding to maximise efficacy and minimise crop damage. There are a number of different approaches growers can take when it comes to spreading mouse bait, depending on the equipment they have.

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Permits
Permits

Visit the permits page for more information.

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