What do Deer Mice/White Footed Mice look like?
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 includes 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.”
What are the signs of Deer Mice/White Footed Mice?
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.
What Damage do Deer Mice/White Footed Mice cause?
Deer mice are dangerous to your home or business. They can chew through and damage electrical wires and wood structures as well as hide in walls. They can destroy gardens and landscape around your home or business.
Mice will contaminate food, food prep areas, and food storage areas with their urine and feces. Once a mouse finds a suitable food, they will keep returning until either the food runs out or they are stopped.
How do you prevent Deer Mice/White Footed Mice?
You can prevent deer 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 that 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 trash cans 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.
Declutter storage areas and store items in containers that are made from durable material and that have a tight-fitting lid.
How do I get rid of Deer Mice/White Footed Mice?
Deer mice can be difficult to remove. They can become aggressive and cause you harm. They’re also quick and good at hiding. Call the professionals to remove deer mice from your home and property.
Can Deer Mice/White Footed Mice hurt me?
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.
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