Mouse num­bers sta­ble but will in­crease again, says LHPA

Southern Riverina news - - Rural Outlook -

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.

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