Deer mice have brownish-reddish hair covered all over their body with an underbelly and feet that are white. They grow to be about 7-10 cm long with a tail that can grow up to 13 cm long. These mice are usually found in tree holes or under piles outdoors, and try their best to stay away from humans. When deer mice make their way indoors, they prefer to hang out in darker hard to reach areas such as attics, garages and basements. These mice usually enter homes during the winter months looking for warmth. They build nests that are made up of their own fur, weeds, and paper. They are herbivorous and eat anything from seeds, fruits, and berries. Deer mice usually live anywhere from 2 to 24 months, but can survive for up to 8 years in captivity. The reason why it is so important for you to get rid of an infestation right away is because these mice carry many different diseases, including the Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. Humans are able to catch this disease by inhaling the virus from the urine or feces. A pest technician will be able to safely and effectively remove these pests from your home and ensure they don’t come back.
If you have a deer mouse infestation, you will notice much more of these pests scurrying around your floors. Although they are afraid of humans, they still pose a great danger. Many of these mice carry dangerous diseases that can be transmitted from inhaling the smell of their urine or feces. With an infestation, you may also notice certain foods that are sealed, chewed up by these mice. If you have an infestation, you want to be sure to take care of the problem right away before they reproduce.