Deer Mice in Albuquerque NM
Most often found in rural areas outdoors, deer mice rarely invade residential properties. That said, they are still a common problem in agricultural areas, outbuildings, sheds, and more. Deer mice often referred to as field mice or white-footed mice. Their true danger lies in the fact that they are common carriers of hantavirus. They feed at dusk and dawn and tend to prefer insects, seeds, nuts, berries, and more. These rodents are a common problem in agricultural areas, and will sometimes look for shelter in homes over winter.
Deer Mouse Habitat
Throughout most of the year, deer mice nest in outdoor areas that are quiet, dark, and undisturbed. Some of the most common shelters include fence posts, hollow tree logs, piles of debris, and more. When the weather gets colder during the winter, deer mice tend to invade homes, garages, sheds, and sometimes even vehicles. In homes, deer mice construct nests in low activity areas such as basements, attics, garages, and crawl spaces.
Deer Mouse Behaviors and Dangers
Throughout most of the year, deer mice nest in outdoor areas that are quiet, dark, and undisturbed. When the weather gets colder during winter, deer mice tend to invade homes, garages, sheds, and sometimes even vehicles. When they get indoors, they are often found in basements or attics. The biggest threat of deer mice is that they are able to transmit the dangerous—and potentially fatal—hantavirus. This disease is often transmitted through contact with mouse carcasses, or by breathing in air-borne urine droplets from infected deer mice.
Because deer mice can be more dangerous than you think, always enlist the help of a local rodent exterminator when you have an infestation!
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