Mouse-bait cock­tail warn­ing

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Author­i­ties have warned peo­ple try­ing to bat­tle mice to avoid cre­at­ing home-made mouse-bait cock­tails.

Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria lead­ing chem­i­cal stan­dards of­fi­cer Alex Per­era said il­le­gally man­u­fac­tured mouse baits put peo­ple, live­stock, pets and wildlife at risk.

He said in con­trast, peo­ple us­ing reg­is­tered chem­i­cals and fol­low­ing la­bel in­struc­tions min­imised risks.

Ms Per­era made her com­ments as re­ports showed mouse num­bers were con­tin­u­ing to in­crease across Vic­to­ria’s north-west, re­sult­ing in heavy de­mand for a va­ri­ety of poi­sons to kill the pests.

“The temp­ta­tion to make your own bait can be great, but this is risky and dan­ger­ous for you, and the en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“It can lead to the ac­ci­den­tal poi­son­ing of pets, work­ing dogs and na­tive an­i­mals.

“Prod­ucts that are reg­is­tered for mouse con­trol have been through a rig­or­ous as­sess­ment by sci­en­tists at the Aus­tralian Pes­ti­cides and Vet­eri­nary Medicines Author­ity and are for­mu­lated to limit the im­pact on non-tar­get an­i­mals.

“The prod­uct la­bels will of­ten con­tain spe­cific di­rec­tions on how to pre­vent off-tar­get poi­son­ings.

“There are also sig­nif­i­cant penal­ties associated with the il­le­gal use of agri­cul­tural chem­i­cals.”

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