Warning against making mouse poisons

Agriculture Victoria is urging people not to make their own poisons to stop rising mouse numbers this year.

Agriculture Victoria is urging people not to make their own poisons to stop rising mouse numbers this year.

Agriculture Victoria has warned people against using home-made mice poisons, saying they put people, livestock, pets and wildlife at risk.

Agriculture Victoria leading chemical standards officer Alex Perera said rising mouse numbers had increased the temptation for people to make their own mice baits but home-made baits had a high risk of impacting non-target animals.

Ms Perera said products registered for mouse control had been through a rigorous assessment by scientists at the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and were formulated to limit the impact on non-target animals.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning wildlife officer Glenn Smith said reports had already been received of native bird deaths near Donald from suspected homemade mouse bait.

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