Deer Mice Information; Identification, Habitat & Droppings that Spread Hantavirus Disease

Oct 4, 2015 | Uncategorized

Houston is home to many different types of rodents; like mice, rats, squirrels and other furry creatures. One of the more popular species of mouse that has been running around is the deer mouse. The deer mouse is a grayish brown rodent that has a longer tail than your average mouse. Although the deer mouse may appear to be small and harmless, even cute in some tiny rodent way, they can be harmful to your home and the health of your family. The deer mouse is responsible for contaminating food, damaging structures, being a health hazard to humans, spreading diseases and invading any structure they can get into!

Deer Mice Vs House Mouse

Deer mice can be difficult to discover as they are quite small, only measuring up to four inches in length and about three inches in height. Deer mice have large ears that are covered in fur and large black eyes. This petite species of mouse can run extremely fast and are very slender, making them even more difficult to discover, locate and catch. Deer mice will attempt to gain access into your home especially during the colder times of the year to seek warmth and shelter. One sure sign that you have may have an infestation is the discovery of mouse droppings on your floors or in your cupboards, drawers or pantry areas.

Deer Mice Habitat

Normally deer mice can be found living in a tree that is hollowed out, log piles, old fence posts, nests that have been abandoned or their own burrows. When deer mice successfully infest a home, they are sometimes found in wall voids, attics, storage boxes and sometimes even inside of furniture. A deer mouse can fit through a hole that is the same size as the diameter of a pencil. They are able to fit through the smallest of areas, so making sure your home is sealed up tight is a great way to fend off their presence and any chance of an infestation.

Deer Mice Disease

Deer mice pose a health risk to you and your family because they carry harmful bacteria and disease. Deer mice are primary carriers of Hantavirus, which is transmitted mainly by the inhalation of dust particles that are contaminated with the urine or feces of infected mice. Deer mice can also contaminate the insulation of your home when they nest inside of it. Managing the control of deer mice in and around your home can become difficult; especially if you are unaware of the area they are gaining access. Contact Bio-Tech Pest Control today to assist you in completely removing deer mice from your home and property for good.

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