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Deer Mice

Class: rodent
Other names:
field mice
Color:
brown back with white belly, feet and tail
Size:
5 to 8 inches including the tail
Other features: 
Large beady eyes and large ears
Diet:
seeds, grains, berries, nuts, spiders, caterpillars
Natural predators:
snakes, owls, weasels, skunks, badgers, foxes, coyotes, bobcats
Hazard:
can carry Hantavirus (a respiratory illness) and the Lyme disease bacteria
Interesting Fact: 
Deer mice like to stockpile their food during the autumn in preparation for Baltimore’s winter months.

Deer Mice: Big Trouble in a Small Package

Deer mice get their name from sharing coloration with white tail deer—brown to reddish-brown backs with white bellies, feet and underside of the tail. They are only three to four inches long (without the tail that can be as long as the body), but the problems they create for Baltimore homeowners can be pretty significant:

  • Their urine, feces and saliva can carry the Hantavirus, a respiratory illness that can be fatal.
  • They are carriers of Lyme disease bacteria, passing it on to deer ticks, which pass it on to people.
  • Mice can gnaw at electrical wiring in a home, causing fires.
  • They can damage upholstered furniture, mattresses, papers and other materials that they use to line their nests.

You will know you have a deer mice infestation when you hear scratching in the walls at night (these pests are nocturnal) or come across mice droppings on kitchen counters, inside drawers or other areas of the home.

Slipping through the Cracks

Deer mice are quite content living outdoors in Maryland and nesting in hollow logs or other animals’ abandoned nests. However, they won’t pass an opportunity to move into your home, especially as the winter approaches. They can easily crawl in through dryer vents, damaged windowsills or doorsills, chimneys and virtually any hole as small as ¼ inch in diameter.

These pests make their nests in crawl spaces, garages, basements and other areas where they are likely to remain undisturbed. They are energetic reproducers, with females having four or more litters of two to nine babies each year. Deer mice can gnaw through wood, plastic, rubber, vinyl and insulating foam.

Our Baltimore Exterminators Will Get the Deer Mice Out and Prevent Re-Entry

Deer mice are good at staying hidden, but Brody Brothers can get them out and keep them out. The first step to deer mice control is a thorough inspection of your home’s exterior and interior to identify and eliminate potential entryways for mice. Next, we’ll determine the most effective type of traps and place them near the areas where mice are likely to make their nests. We don’t recommend using rodent bait for deer mice, as you risk ending up with dead mice in hard-to-reach places.

5 Tips for Keeping the Deer Mice Away in the Future

  • Make sure that even small cracks and holes are sealed up with a material that they can’t eat through.
  • Keep woodpiles away from your home, and make sure your trash can lids are secured tight.
  • Keep your attic, basement, garage and crawlspace free of clutter.
  • Store bird seed, grass seed, dog food and grains in rodent-proof containers.
  • Trim trees and brushes touching your home – deer mice are excellent climbers.

Don’t let this little pest make a big mess in your home. Call Brody Brothers at 443-379-8857 to reach our expert Baltimore exterminators and get rid of your pest problem today.

 

Don’t think a deer mouse is the pest running around your home? Check our our Rat and Mice removal page to identify other rodents which could be invading your home.

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