Mice Menace in Agriculture

The agriculture sector is one of the important sectors all over the world as it provides us with the basic requirement which is food. But a menace to this sector is the loss created by rodents; namely rats, mice, and squirrels; which leads to huge productivity loss and crop contamination.

Rodents are a great threat to farmers as they destroy one percent of the world’s cereal crops on an annual basis. Rodents are the consumers of vitamin and protein-rich foods and often fed on crops embryo, stripping away germination capabilities and nutrients in the process. Rodents are notorious for contaminating food supplies, and one of the primary targets is grains.

Rodents cause harm in pre-harvest as well as the post-harvest stage of the agriculture farming. During pre-harvest time rodents attack sowed grains and decrease the productivity. The loss cannot be estimated. During the post-harvest time the rodents attack on fully developed crops and stored grains.

The drip irrigation technique applied as water conservation method has suffered loss due to rodents. The drip pipelines fall prey to the rodent attacks as they constantly chew on them as a part of their oral maintenance. As well as the water supply pipelines usually equipped with motors also fall prey to rodent attacks. The electric and water supply gets interrupted and cause delay, indirectly increasing the maintenance work of the farmer.

Mallee farmers reporting mice causing damage to canola crops

Gregor Heard 31 Aug 2017

MALLEE farmers in Victoria are anxiously monitoring flowering and budding canola crops for mice damage.

Growers are finding late winter crop damage most severe in canola as opposed to cereal crops, with mice tempted by soft, oil-rich canola buds.“There are crops that you could see going 1.5-2 tonnes to the hectare, but others where there are mice issues you can see going only 0.8t/ha or so, there is a big difference.”

“There is a wide variation in terms of the mouse load, farmers need to make sure they are getting out in the crop and walking around and checking whether they have numbers building up now.” In terms of identifying potential high mice loads, Ms. Browne said chew cards of canola soaked cardboard could be used to get an idea of the presence of mice, while growers also need to be on the look-out for chewed nodes, tillers or buds. Cropping farmers warned to look out for mice heading into warmer months.


August 29, 2017

FARMERS in the Wimmera, Mallee, and parts of the Western District are being urged to monitor and bait for mice in crops heading into spring after what was described earlier this year as some of the worst mice damage ever seen.

“In my area, mice are starting to run up canola plants that are flowering and lopping off seed pods, so that is a sure sign that we need to do something now,” Mr. Hastings said.

“We will need to bait in flowering lupins and canola.”

Mr. Hastings said the group, which takes information from CSIRO trapping, found mice were not currently doing a lot of damage to crops in Victoria.

“But we are concerned, coming into springtime, that they will become more active,” Mr. Hastings said. “The message to farmers is to continue monitoring.”

Like the above-mentioned cases, there are many cases of rodent attacks on farms causing severe damage to crops and its productivity. Entomologist said 4.6 to 54% paddy crops were lost due to rat infestation. Rodent attack damage as much as 55% of horticultural crops. The extent of stored grain losses depends upon the distribution, abundance, and species composition of the rodent population involved.

Mechanical, biological and chemical control methods are present but are not much effective against the regulation of rodent population density. The methods have some adverse effects on crops and indirectly to human beings. Hence there is a need for solution strongly effective rodent repellence.

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Rodents, being social animals, communicate the unpleasant experience to their population in the vicinity. The product is environmentally friendly, meaning that it does not leach out of the polymer matrix, in addition to exercising the basic function of keeping the targets away.

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