Farmers are on the lookout for increased mouse activity with reports of increasing damage to crops and fodder across the state.
Two years after a mouse plague saw vehicles, buildings and towns infested while crops were destroyed, NSW Farmers President Xavier Martin is urging growers to be extra-vigilant about mouse activity.
“Members are telling me they’re seeing mice again all the way from Queensland down to the Victorian border and out west towards Adelaide,” Mr Martin said.
“We need everyone to keep an eye out for mice, in particular use their chew cards, and report any activity to authorities.
“It is important to stay on top of this issue so we can avoid a repeat of the 2021 mouse plague, so please if you see something, say something.”
In 2021 the rodents swarmed rural and regional communities, chewing their way through hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of crops, damaging farm machinery, vehicles and buildings in the process.
Farmers and rural landholders are urged to report mouse activity by visiting feralscan.org.au/mousealert and download the chew card template at https://grdc.com.au/resources-and-publications/resources/mouse-management/monitor-manage/know-your-mouse-numbers.