House mouse

The house mouse is widespread in the Northern Territory (NT) and across Australia.

Impact

House mice are not a great threat to biodiversity. As house mice eat seeds and cereal grains, there is some concern of their impact on native vegetation. 

In some areas, house mice also prey on young birds.

In urban areas, house mice are a nuisance as they will do any of the following:

  • spoil food and food packaging
  • carry and spread disease
  • damage buildings
  • threaten farming by eating grain, fruits and vegetables.

Management

If you have a problem with house mice, you can try any of the following options:

  • remove access to food
  • dispose garbage away from your home
  • remove animal or pet food that mice can access
  • mouse-proof food storage areas or containers.

Last updated: 28 November 2017