Yorke Peninsula agronomist and hunter Troy Johnson has repurposed his thermal spotter to reveal the extent of a client's mouse infestation.
After an unsuccessful mice survey with headlights in a canola stubble crop Mr Johnson pulled out his Pulsar Krypton thermal hunting equipment to spot several of the vermin still wondering the paddock.
The crop had been been baited 5 days prior with 1kg Bait, before Mr Johnson purchased the technology. Mr Johnson said the amount of heat mice carry means thermal imaging is the perfect way to get a real sense of mouse numbers.
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"I was driving around, surveying the traditional way, using my headlights to see any mice and the thermal has confirmed that is a complete waste of time," he said.
"There are so many more mice than what you see with the headlights of a tractor or a vehicle."
Thermal imaging equipment can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000. Mr Johnson said the technology is going to be his go-to tool for future baiting.
"They're expensive little toys but what I've seen in the last couple of weeks shows its a game changer when monitoring mice," he said.
"They're such hot little critters they light up really well."
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