Deer mice are found in rural areas and rarely invade residential homes. Deer mice are a major medical concern because they are known to commonly carry Hantavirus.
The deer mouse prefers the outdoors but during winter months may invade our homes looking for refuge from the cold temperatures.
The deer mouse makes its home outdoors throughout the year in sheltered areas such as hollow tree logs or piles of debris. When the deer mouse comes into our homes, it prefers undisturbed areas such as attics, basements and crawl spaces.
Deer mice transmit the potentially fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). The disease can be transmitted through contact with mouse carcasses, or by breathing in urine and droppings that become airborn from being disturbed. Also micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children. Mice can also bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into your home. Follow this link www.cdc.gov/rodents/diseases/direct.html to see a list of diseases directly transmitted by rodents.