Common mouse species
There are many different types of mice present in the U.S.
The top 3 species considered to be a major pest in this country are the House Mouse, Field Mouse and White-Footed Mouse.
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Deer Mice are pests that prefer to live in wooded areas. They will, however, venture into homes, sheds and outbuildings located in or around wooded areas. They can be destructive to wood structures as well as carrying with them a number of potential health concerns.
- Size: adult head and body 2.75-4” in length; Tail 2-5″.
- Weight: About 0.38 – 1.25 oz.
- Pale grayish, buff coloring to reddish brown on top and side. White fur on the belly.
- The tail is usually bi-colored and is very long, longer than half the length of the body and covered with short hair.
- Deer mice usually live between 2-14 months, but some in captivity have been known to live 5-8 years.
- The female gestation period is usually 21-24 days and females have 3-5 young with each litter. They also have 2-4 litters per year.
- The young will reach sexual maturity in 7-8 weeks.
- Deer mice are nocturnal, coming out at night to find food.
- They are excellent climbers and will be found in even upper levels of structures like in attics and upper floors.
- During colder months deer mice will seek shelter inside and will enter buildings during that time.
- Deer mice are one of the leading carriers of the hantavirus, which can be very dangerous to humans.
Dealing with mice infestations
Mice can create serious problems. Ehrlich is an expert in mouse control and provides effective solutions for getting rid of these rodents from your home or business.
Control methods may involve trapping or bait stations. Our specialists are well-trained and will make sure the appropriate method is used to eliminate the infestation.