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DEER MICE

DEER MICE

Description

The deer mouse rarely invades homes, and is found in rural areas.

Pest Facts

Color
Brown, with white feet and underbelly

Legs
Four

Shape
Round

Size
5 to 8 inches long

Antennae
No

Flying
No

Region
All 50 states

Habits

The deer mouse prefers the outdoors.

Habitat

The deer mouse makes its home outdoors in sheltered areas such as hollow tree logs or piles of debris. On the rare occasions the deer mouse comes indoors, it prefers undisturbed areas such as attics.

Threats

The deer mouse transmits the potentially fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. The disease can be transmitted through contact with mouse carcasses, or by breathing in aerosolized urine droplets of infected deer mice.

Prevention

To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of a diameter larger than a pencil are sealed. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel. Seal any cracks and voids. Don't overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building. Use heavy gloves and protective breathing gear when working in an area populated by deer mice.

 

All information contained within is sourced directly from the National Pest Management Association.  

 

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