Deer Mice

 

Pest ID Guide: Deer Mice

(Peromyscus maniculatus)

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

Size Color Legs Shape Antenanae
5″ – 8″ Brown, with white feet and underbelly 4 Round False

Habitat

The deer mouse prefers the outdoors.

Habits:

The deer mouse prefers the outdoors.

Region:

Control / Prevention

To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter 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.

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.

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