Interrupting erupting mice – turning reaction into proaction

In the past, management of mice in crops has been characterised as “late reactive”, with intervention using large quantities of bait initiated only after an overwhelming plague had developed. This reactive management has been institutionalised yet a large amount of crop damage occurs when mouse numbers are modest or emerging, particularly if the rise in mouse numbers coincides with a vulnerable stage in the crop cycle. Moreover, early intervention once mouse numbers start to threaten a crop will prevent the development of a plague and avoid much of the crop damage at an early stage.

It is now generally accepted that pro-active mouse management requires on-farm vigilance, private and public sector advisors with accurate knowledge, an adequate and timely supply of control products by manufacturers and merchants and an approach based on early recognition of both the mice themselves and the potential risk to the crop. Even though the components of an effective response are recognised, the amount of time between significant mouse problems arising and the decision to treat is often short. Thus, responses must be planned and implemented promptly.

Author Pontin, K., Smith, M., and Staples, L.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Institution Applied Biotechnologies Pty Ltd
Pages 294-298
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