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.
Because deer mice prefer very rural areas such as forests, grasslands and agricultural crops, they aren’t normally found in urban and residential areas. In the wild, deer mice nests may be underground in cavities around tree roots or in shrubs. Sometimes deer mice will establish nests beneath logs or boards, or in tunnels abandoned by other animals. Above ground, deer mice are known to nest in hollow trees, in woodpiles and fence posts, as well as in abandoned squirrel and bird nests.
Although not usually found in homes, deer mice may enter your storage buildings, during the cooler months to build nests for the winter. Deer mice cause damage to upholstered furniture, mattresses, clothing, paper or other materials they find suitable for constructing their nests. Damage to furniture and a store of seeds, acorns or nuts can indicate a deer mouse infestation. If you suspect you’ve encountered a deer mouse issue, contact a professional pest control company, such as your local Truly Nolen location to schedule a free inspection and devise a plan to eliminate deer mice from your home and property. Because deer mice carry life-threatening diseases, trained and certified pest control professionals are recommended for strategic trap placement, mice removal and specialized cleaning procedures.