Pest Facts: Deer Mice

Deer Mice

Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus)

Color:Brown, with white feet and underbelly
Legs:Four
Shape:Round
Size:5 to 8 inches long
Antennae:No
Flight:No

Deer mice can be found throughout North America, but rarely or never in the following states: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Hawaii.

Deer mice are native to North America and are named for their coloring, which is similar to that of deer.

Habits
Deer mice prefer the out-of-doors and avoid people whenever possible.

Habitat
The deer mouse nests in hollowed logs or piles of debris. Occasionally they will nest in homes or businesses, but only in an area far from people, such as an attic.

Threats
The deer mouse carries and transmits Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome through its urine or when its dead carcass is handled.

Prevention
Deer mice can enter structures through any hole larger than a dime. Be sure to seal up all possible entrances and keep debris piled away from your home or business. Do not attempt disposal or extermination without the help of a professional pest control agency.

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