THE North West is recording a growing mouse infestation problem, with more rodents seen than would be expected for this time of year.
An increase in mouse activity has been detected across the region, particularly around Warialda, Narrabri, Gunnedah and Mullaley.
Mice have been reported around houses and sheds but are also infiltrating crops.
Grain farmers Robyn and Jimmy King, who own three properties at Mullaley, said they had noticed numbers growing.
“We did notice the mouse numbers building – and even since the rain we’ve noticed more around the house and the outbuildings,” Mrs King said.
“But we are hoping the rain has closed up the black soil – they nest in the cracks. We’re just hoping the rain will ease the problem.”
North West Local Land Services invasive species team leader Jackie Barker has asked landholders to report any in-crop mouse activity they detect.
“It’s very important activity is reported, that way we can monitor the levels on a regional basis. While seasonally we would be expecting to see some evidence of activity, we are starting to see more than usual. We need to get on top of the infestation before it becomes a more widespread problem,” Ms Barker said.
If landholders detect any mouse activity in crops, the North West LLS can provide advice on methods of monitoring numbers and, depending on levels, bait accordingly.
People who have seen mice around houses or sheds are encouraged to use appropriate control products from their local retailer.
For information or advice call the North West LLS on 6762 2900 or