Deer Mice/White-Footed Mice

What do deer mice look like?

deer mouse in the snow on long island

Deer mice, or field mice as they are commonly referred to, are slightly smaller than the more common house mouse.  Adult deer mice grow to between 5 -8 inches in length, this include their tail.  The deer mouse’s body is brown in color and their underbelly and feet are a whitish color. The color pattern of their fur, ability to run fast, and agile jumping skills are why they procured the name “deer mouse”.  

Deer mice behaviors

Deer mice are most often found living and nesting in fields, wooded areas, and farmlands.  They are much less likely to invade homes than the house mouse, but are still a threat to home and business owners.  Inside of a home or other building they commonly hide and nest behind walls and inside attics and chimneys.

Deer mice are nocturnal and will stay at their nest during the day, they will then come out at night to hunt and feed.  Deer mice feed on a variety of things including: nuts, seeds, fruits, insects, and fungi.

Are deer mice dangerous?

Like other types of mice, deer mice are a danger to people, things, and buildings.  Deer mice will chew through and damage wires, pipes, insulation, flooring, and drywall.  Deer mice can also damage pictures, furniture, flooring, clothing, and other personal items.

Along with damaging property and belongings, deer mice carry and transmit a variety of serious diseases including the very serious Hantavirus, which causes Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Deer mice can introduce parasites like fleas, mites, and ticks into your home and will contaminate food stored within your home and food prep areas with their urine and feces.

Can Suburban help with a deer mouse problem?

Yes, Suburban Exterminating offers rodent control solutions that don't just trap the mice that are out and about but eliminates infestations.  Our experienced pest control technicians will identify how these pests are getting inside and implement a plan of action that results in a home free of mice.  We also offer commercial pest control services that target mice and other rodents common to commercial facilities. Schedule your free estimate today!

Deer mouse prevention tips

You can prevent mice from entering your home by having a Rodent Shield treatment. This treatment is an all-natural repellent applied to your home’s foundation. While we smell a minty odor, rats and mice hate the smell and taste. The product is made of all-natural essential oils which bind to your home’s foundation and are not easily washed off.

Other deer mouse prevention tips include:

  • Hire a pest control company to stop mice and other pests from coming inside
  • Seal any openings on the exterior of the structure since mice can enter through very small openings.
  • Caulk gaps around windows and doors and replace any torn screens.
  • Place a tight-fitting cap on all chimneys, and make sure vent covers are secure and that loose or missing roof shingles are repaired.
  • Keep outdoor trashcans covered.
  • Trim back trees so they do not create a bridge to your house.
  • Store woodpiles away from the house and never inside.
  • Keep food stored in sealed containers or in the fridge.
  • De-clutter storage areas and store items in containers that are made from durable material and that have a tight-fitting lid. 



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