Deer mice are a common pest that can cause severe problems if left unchecked. These small, brown rodents are known for their ability to carry and spread dangerous diseases, including the hantavirus. If you suspect you have deer mice in your home, it’s crucial to take action to prevent an infestation immediately.
Brown, with white feet and underbelly
5 to 8 inches long
All 50 states
The deer mouse prefers the outdoors.
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.
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.
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.