The deer mouse is found in rural areas and rarely invades
residential homes. Deer mice are of medical concern because they
are common carriers of Hantavirus.
The deer mouse prefers the outdoors.
The deer mouse makes its home outdoors. Sheltered areas such as
hollow tree logs or piles of debris make the ideal deer mouse
habitat. On the rare occasions the deer mouse comes indoors, it
prefers undisturbed areas such as attics.
The deer mouse transmits the potentially fatal Hantavirus
Pulmonary Syndrome. The disease can be transmitted through contact
with mouse carcasses, or by breathing in aerosolized urine droplets
of infected deer mice.