Mouse numbers stable but will increase again, says LHPA
MOUSE numbers are stable but will increase again in spring, according to the Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) Senior Ranger Peter O’Shannassy.
Mr O’Shannassy said the mice have stopped breeding because of the cold, but will begin again when the weather warms.
The ranger also confirmed that the number of people requiring mouse poison had dropped.
‘‘That’s pretty much due to the fact that the crops are away now and so the damage isn’t occurring at the rate it was before.
‘‘We can expect to see damage again in the spring, so people will need to be prepared and they need to monitor what’s happening in their paddocks for (mouse) numbers and hot spots.
‘‘Basically the mice won’t target (crops) very much while they’re in growth stages.
Mr O’Shannassy said the mice will eat loose seed in paddocks and stored grains until plants start to mature.
That’s when the mice will go back and attack them again, he said.
Poisons are available for farmers who need them, he added.
A lot of the delays in supply have been caught up on now due to the fact that the damage has dropped off, he said.
‘‘There is product available again if people do require it.’’
For more information contact the Jerilderie LHPA on 5886 1203.