Deer Mice

Peromyscus maniculatus
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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.

Pest Stats

Color

Brown, with white feet and underbelly

Legs

4

Shape

Round

Size

5 to 8 inches long

Antennae

No

Region

Found throughout U.S.

Habits

The deer mouse prefers the outdoors.

Habitat

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.

Threats

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.