Are you baiting for mice?

While mouse activity is still high in many cropping regions, we know many landholders are already baiting for mice.

To help try and tackle the current mouse problem, NSW DPI has successfully applied to the APVMA to allow the use of zinc phosphide bait on bare fallows prior to the 2021 sowing period. The permit allows for bait to be applied late in the afternoon to maximise consumption of bait by mice, which generally feed at night, and is in effect until August 2022.

The approval requires users of zinc phosphide to report any bird kill incident following application of the bait to fallow land to either NSW DPI at or NSW EPA here.

Producers should not harvest crops or allow livestock to graze baited areas for 14 days after application. If you would like more information on the control of mice, GRDC and CSIRO have complied ‘Tips and Tactics: Better Mouse Management’.

This practical guide provides tips and advice on a range of issues, including:

  • integrated control advice -  year-round, at sowing (autumn), during crop growth (winter) and prior to harvest (spring and summer)
  • baiting recommendations
  • monitoring techniques to understand local activity.

You can find this guide and a range of other resources on our website.

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