Deer Mouse

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Peromyscus maniculatus

How to Identify an 

Deer Mouse

Deer mice get their name from their coloring similar to the white-tailed deer. They have a brown to gray colored body with a white belly and furry tail.

They are 6 inches long including their tail which and overall are slightly larger than a house mouse.

Where do they come from?

Deer mice breed in the spring and fall. Females will produce between two and four litters a year and most litters average about four pups. They can live up to two years in the wild.

They do not hibernate and are active all year long. When colder weather emerges some mice will find harborage in nearby garages, crawl spaces, attics and even living rooms or kitchens your home.

When deer mice are invade buildings they commonly carry in caches of seeds and nuts. They will store this food in wall voids, furniture, dressers, cabinets or any other nook and cranny they can find.

Deer mice are most active at night with feeding peaks at dawn and dusk. They also tend to leap rather than run.

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What do they look like?

Deer mice have a white belly
Deer mice are brown to gray in color
Deer mice are 6 inches long including their tail

Where do they live?

Deer mice prefer to nest outdoors in things like fence posts, tree hollows, log piles, abandoned bird and squirrel nests, beneath decks, outbuildings or barns. When cooler weather arises they can be found indoors in basements, attics, storage boxes, furniture, wall voids, sill plates and structural corners and any tight spaces.

Name:

Peromyscus maniculatus

Size:

6 inches long including the tail

Diet:

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