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White-footed MiceWhite-Footed (Deer) Mice

Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Scientific Name: Peromyscus leucopus (Rafinesque)
Color: Brown, with white feet and underbelly
Legs: Four
Shape: Round
Size: 3 to 4 inches long
Antennae: No
Flight: No

The white-footed mouse is often referred to as the deer mouse and is found primarily in rural areas. The white-footed mouse can be found in All 50 States.

The white-footed mice are nocturnal and typically build their nests in a concealed location. They feed on grains, nuts, seeds and insects and are active all year long.

The white-footed mouse makes its home outdoors in sheltered areas such as hollow tree logs or piles of debris. Indoors, the white-footed mouse prefers undisturbed areas such as attics.

The white-footed mouse transmits the potentially fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. The disease can be transmitted through contact with mouse carcasses, or by breathing in aerosolized urine droplets of infected white-footed mice.

To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel(1/4"). Seal any cracks and voids. Don't overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building. Use heavy gloves and protective breathing gear when working in an area populated by white-footed mice.

(Source: National Pest Management Association, et. al.)