Scientific Name: Peromyscus leucopus (Rafinesque)
Color: Brown, with white feet and underbelly
Size: 3 to 4 inches long
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.)