Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.August 29, 2014 3:04am
A new website will help farmers monitor mouse activity and protect crops.
MouseAlert allows growers, landholders and advisers to record and view mouse activity in their local area in real time.
Data entered will help with prediction of mouse plagues and assist in controlling mouse populations.
Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre MouseAlert project leader Peter West said the website allowed farmers record mouse activity in their local area to inform their community about changes in mouse numbers and damage.
‘‘It will also assist growers in determining when to implement control measures in advance of a possible plague,’’ Mr West said.
‘‘It can be used by mobile device users in the field and a new community facility will enable farmers to create online groups and share their observations of mouse activity among members.”
Grains Research and Development Corporation southern regional panel member Bill Long said mice had become a regular and serious pest in the southern Australian agricultural region.
‘‘Earlier this year we saw in South Australia particularly, just how rapidly populations can escalate and the costly consequences,’’ he said.
The next stage of MouseAlert’s development will be a notification system so members of a group can be alerted to changes in mouse activity in their area as soon as it happens, enabling a co-ordinated, local response.
A mobile phone app is also in the pipeline.
MouseAlert is available at www.mousealert.org.au
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