Carter Pest Control, Pest Library: Deer Mice
HOW TO IDENTIFY DEER MICE: CARTER PEST CONTROL GUIDE
A deer mouse is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, large rounded ears with sparse fur, large black eyes, and a long bi colored tail with white on the bottom and the darker color on top. They are typically brown with white feet and underbelly and range between 5-8 inches long, including the tail.
While many people think of mice as a nuisance, an infestation of deer mice can also be extremely dangerous. Not only can mice chew the shielding from electrical wires, creating a fire hazard in your home, but they are also known carriers of dangerous diseases such as Antivirus, which can be fatal to humans. Precautions must be taken to clean up deer mice infestation, as the mouse droppings and urine must be sprayed with disinfectant before being cleaned up.
Due to the risk of exposure to Antivirus, contact CARTER PEST CONTROL before attempting to clean up premises where deer mice have been present.
CARTER PEST CONTROL LOCATES DEER MICE: AROUND YOUR HOME
Deer mice are found throughout much of North America in rural, bushy or wooded areas especially where weeds and grasses offer concealment and a source of food. They are also found within urban and residential areas and can be found in a number of places in and around your Southern Central United States in areas surrounded by fields, forests, grasslands or agriculture crops, and where new housing developments are being built.
As with other pests, the best way to avoid a rodent infestation is to use preventative measures and keep them outdoors. Preventative measures include keeping weeds and grass mowed, removing clutter from the yard, and ensuring woodpiles and compost piles are kept a good distance away from your home. Since deer mice can fit through holes the size of a dime, it is also important to seal cracks and crevices in foundations, and caulk gaps around windows and doors. However, in the event of an infestation, below are a few tips for controlling the situation.
- To completely eradicate the deer mouse infestation, you must eliminate the food source and nesting places in and around your home. CARTER PEST CONTROL can assist by locating the mice and their dwellings in and around your home.
- Think through your treatment options. CARTER PEST CONTROL can help you decide on the best comprehensive approach.
- TAKE ACTION. Deer mice can quickly grow in numbers if left untreated. The longer you ignore the problem, the more troublesome and expensive it will be to fix. As a homeowner, take action today and contact CARTER PEST CONTROL for all your pest control needs.
Servicing the Southern Central United States, CARTER PEST CONTROL will alleviate your pest problems by locating deer mice and their habitat in and around your home.
CARTER PEST CONTROL DISCUSSES DEER MICE SEASON: WHEN IS IT?
Deer mice breed year round, but most breeding occurs during the warmer months. A single female deer mouse can give birth to nearly 100 young every year, and are able to become pregnant again shortly after giving birth. The young begin reproducing at five weeks old. In favorable habitats, a deer mouse infestation can get out of control in a short time and become troublesome as the area becomes overpopulated.
Deer mice typically nest in sheltered outdoor areas such as hollow tree logs or cavities, abandoned vehicles or farm equipment, and piles of debris but will invade homes during winter in search for food, warmth, and shelter where they are often found living in attics, basements or garages.
Be prepared to take action immediately. You may be able to handle minor pest control in your home yourself, but if you find signs of an infestation in or around your home, contact CARTER PEST CONTROL to inspect your property and create a custom plan for your situation.