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Deer Mice

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Size: 2 3/4 inch - 4 inch

Color: Bodies are bicolored. The upper body is either light brown or red-brown and the underbelly as well as the feet are white.

Appearance: Compared to a house mice, the head and ears of a deer mice is a little larger.

Deer mice are mostly found in rural, wooded areas and are not found in cities. Outdoors, these mice make a nest in tree hollows, piles of wood, abandoned nests or digging small burrows. Inside homes, the nest can be found in furniture, wall voids, boxes, attics, garages, sheds, and crawl space. These mice rarely enter homes and when they do its only to seek shelter from the cold. Deer mice are attracted to places with of vegetation so barns are a good place to attract them. These mice like to feed on insects, berries, nuts, fruits, and seeds. The life span of deer mice is 2-24 months, but can live up to 8 years in captivity. Deer mice will reach sexual maturity in 7-8 weeks, and a female will give birth to 2-4 litters a year, mainly during the spring and each litter contains 3-5 younglings.

Deer mice are dangerous to human health. These mice carries a disease known as Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome and this virus can cause respiratory disease. Humans can come in contact with the Hantavirus by breathing in droppings and urine or by handling dead infected deer mice carcasses. Even though deer mice are dangerous to human health, they are of medical importance because they carry the virus. When handling with deer mice carcasses or droppings, it is extremely important to wear proper safety equipment such as respirators that have HEPA cartridges and gloves. Do not vacuum up the droppings otherwise the virus will release into the air and you will breathe it in. So, the areas where there are carcasses and/or droppings must be disinfected before sweeping.




House Mice

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Size: 2 inches

Color: Light brown but usually gray