Mouse numbers rise prompting tips from Kooringal Pest Control's Glenn Lawson

Riverina residents have been reminded to mouse-proof their homes as rodent numbers build in irrigation areas.

Authorities had warned of more than 800 mice per hectare near Coleambally and while Wagga pest controller Glenn Lawson said they were far from plague proportions, the changing weather was drawing rodents to homes.

“If it stays dry for another two or three weeks the numbers could change,” he said. “Mice have a quick life cycle and now they’re looking for different places to live like roof insulation where they can gnaw on wires and cause problems.”

Areas with housing development were starting to see an increase in mice as construction disturbed existing nests.

Mr Lawson recommended removing any rubbish and excess pet food from around the home before setting mouse traps with peanut butter or using baiting blocks to get rid of mice. People with pets should ensure they use suitable baits to prevent a trip to the vet.