Deer Mice Facts
- Deer mice get their name from their white feet and their agility and speed.
- With large eyes and ears, deer mice measure 4-6 inches in length, inclusive of their tail.
- Deer mice are primary carriers of Lyme disease.
Deer mice can excrete Hantavirus in their urine, saliva, and feces, so humans may be exposed to the virus by breathing contaminated dust after disturbing or cleaning rodent droppings or nests. HPS can also be transmitted by handling infected materials, then touching your mouth with contaminated hands. Even though only about 44 cases of Hantavirus are reported each year in the US, which is less than the chance of lightning striking you, but greater than the chance of a shark attacking you, due to the potential risks involved with deer mice infestations, Truly Nolen recommends contacting your local Truly Nolen location for a free deer mouse inspection.