NSW Western Local Land Services have flagged increased mice numbers throughout much of the Western region of NSW, and as such are calling on landholders to report unusually high numbers to assist with managing the issue.
Following well above average seasonal rainfall during Winter and Spring in 2016, there was an abundance of feed available for mice in the Summer of 2017 which has continued into Autumn 2017, making conditions in the Western region of NSW conducive to increased mice numbers.
In particular, the Sunraysia area that experienced a severe storm in November 2016, that caused extensive damage to cereal crops, potentially has a huge source of food for mice to consume and increase their populations to higher than usual.
NSW Manager of Biosecurity and Emergency Services, David Creeper does not want landholders and community members to be overly alarmed as mice numbers generally escalate after good seasons, however he has called on landholders that have experienced damage or seen higher mice numbers to contact NSW Western Local Land Services’ Biosecurity Officers.
“We know from previous experience that high mice numbers not only impact on cropping operations at seeding, but also on all livestock operations by contaminating feed, and reducing the overall health of animals,” Mr Creeper said.
“We are getting reports from sections of the Western region of NSW, of unusually high numbers of mice, and when considering the conditions that isn’t a great surprise.
“For NSW Western Local Land Services to work with landholders to address the problem, we rely on reports from landholders, what they are seeing on their properties, and in their region.
“If you are seeing unusually high numbers of mice in and around your property, it is very important you contact your local Biosecurity Officer so we can provide advice, and see what trends are emerging across the region.”
Mr Creeper went on to say that identifying the extent of the problem early and adopting an integrated strategy to mice control is extremely important.
This includes limiting access to food sources such as spilled grain, particularly around buildings, reducing access to habitats by clearing any rubbish heaps or high growth around buildings and sheds.
Careful placement of baits and bait stations in buildings will improve the effectiveness and reduce the risk of off target damage.
Landholders looking to find their nearest NSW Western Local Land Services office or contact details should visit www.western.lls.nsw.gov.au/our-region/contact-us.