Mice are most problematic in low rainfall cereal-growing areas, where mouse plagues occur at irregular intervals of four to six years.
The introduced house mouse should not be confused with native rodents or 'marsupial mice'.
Various mouse control options include:
- The reduction of food sources especially spilled grain and weeds.
- The reduction of available shelter.
- Poison baiting especially at sowing.
- Monitoring for an increase in:
- mouse sightings
- the number of burrows
- crop damage
- birds of prey.
Detailed mice control techniques are available on the:
- Mouse management fact sheet (GRDC website)
- PestSmart Connect website
- Mouse control in and around buildings fact sheet ()
When using poison baits it is a legal requirement under the Agricultural and Veterinary Products (Control of Use) Act 2002 to:
- use registered bait products
- follow label instructions
- not possess or use 'home-made' baits.
A number of registered bait products are available to control mice. Your local chemical retailer will be able to advise you on the right product for your situation.
Mouse bait mixing stations
Mouse bait mixing stations allow farmers to mix bait into their own grain. Contact your nearest mixing station for information:
- Cootra - JS and VA Matthews, phone: 0428 563 352
- Cowell - AB & SL Franklin, Eastern Eyre Seed Grading, phone: (08) 8629 2140
- Lock - LR and CA Wiseman, phone: 0427 891 052
- Wudinna - Lylal Pty Ltd, phone: 0429 802 167
- Angas Valley – KA & JK Maxwell (no phone number available)
- Balaklava – DC & PD Shepherd, Balview Plains, phone: 0427 859 716
- Mount Gambier - Koppers Performance Chemicals Australia Pty Ltd, phone: (08) 8723 1399
- Cunliffe - Mark Anthony Schilling, Ag Schilling & Co, phone: (08) 8825 7224
- Kadina - PN March, NYP Rural Trading, phone: 0428 213 546
- Minlaton - Scott Hoyle, GSS Hoyle & Co, phone: 0417 666 556
Mouse control advice
For advice on mouse control specific to your situation, contact your local agronomist.
Using poison baits
Biosecurity SA Rural Chemicals Operations
Phone: 1300 799 684