The North American Deer Mouse: Found All Over The United States

The North American deer mouse, or scientific name Peromyscus maniculatus,  is all over the United States. Peromyscus is the genus of rodent that have pouches in cheeks. Maniculatus is the sub-species of cheeky rodents that makes it the deer mouse; they are lighter in color, and typically have white bellies. Indeed they are super speedy animals, running as fast as fifteen miles per hour, compared to the house mouse, running up to eight. The deer mouse evolved to be highly alert. For instance, deer mice have big black eyes that bulge-out, giving them excellent eyesight. They also have large round ears for great hearing and a long pointy snout on a terrific sense of smell. All North American Deer Mice look about the same with white bellies and all brown on top with lengthy whiskers and hairy tail.  

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Only the Best Mouse Control

Home pest control done the right way will eliminate a North American deer mouse infestation without any signs of returning. Once all parts of the infestation are gone, preventative measures have to take place to keep them away. We prevent pests from entering your home by closing all tiny holes around doors, windows, and even cracks in the foundation of the building. Sometimes, worn door sweeps need replacing and are the cause of the intrusion. If you can run a pencil underneath the door and the hole is a least the size of a dime, a deer mouse can fit through. Rodent control for a large deer mouse infestation is not an overnight task. It may need several visits from our technicians to eliminate the problem.

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Backyard Wildlife

Leaving out birdseed and peanuts for other wildlife will attract North American deer mice, house mice, black rats, and brown rats. Once you see deer mice on your property, call for a rodent control from only the professionals at MasterGuard Pest Control Inc.

Using poison for mice or rat control is dangerous and not a “do-it-yourself” task. Only have the professionals at MasterGuard Pest Control place traps in the correct place. When poison is being out in the open and wrong spots, you may not only harm children, pets, as well as wildlife, but you may not entirely eliminate the infestation of rodents.

    Beware of Alarming Illnesses

    When you become ill from rodents, you may experience many common symptoms like the cold or flu. Let your primary doctor know if you have been around and rodents to test for some of these nasty diseases. Some of the illnesses that deer mouse transmit are different and more alarming.


    The deer mouse transmits hantavirus through their urine, droppings, and saliva. At least thirty percent of deer mice carry this disease. Sim Nombra Virus is a type of hantavirus found primarily in the deer mouse. There is no cure for the Sin Nombre virus, and it has severe flu-like symptoms. It is a life-threatening disease.


    Salmonellosis, also known as salmonella, is a bacteria. It is associated with food and water from rodent urine and droppings contact from deer mice and other rodents. Disposal of all food is necessary once any signs of deer mouse activity are present. A mixer of bleach water over countertops will help eliminate some of the bacteria. Storing food in glass jars will help from rodents chewing and making any food toxic.

    Cleaning Up As Safe As Possible

    The diseases from deer mice are harmful, but the bacteria the comes from urine and feces are more likely to make you ill during cleanup. Wipe out the waste, but of course, make sure to be as safe as possible. Cleaning gloves (that are safe for you to wear) are a must-have when picking up toxic materials, such as nests, waste, and dead mice. Wear protective garments over clothes that you don’t want to get filthy. Generously put on spray disinfectant on all bad spots left by the deer mouse infestation, let sit for at least five minutes. Paper towels or old rags to use on cleaning up dangerous bacteria waste.

    Repeat clean up until the area is clear from germs. When cleaning up after messes made by deer mice, do not use a vacuum or broom. Vacuums and sweeping with dust brooms lift easy to breathe in dust. Outdoor areas, like garages and sheds, are most likely for deer mouse activity. Before entering current deer mouse infesting areas, open the door and any windows to let the air circulate.

    Protect Your Family

    Protecting your property, especially your family, from the deer mouse is essential from entering your home. Unless deer mice already have a hiding spot inside, then you need MasterGuard Pest Control Inc. To schedule an appointment, call us at (262) 408-2224 or fill out our form.

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