St Louis Pest Control Blog

Symptoms of a Deer Mouse Infestation

Rodents are one of the most common pests to invade a home, making rodent control and animal removal an important part of keeping a home safe for those who live there. While many rodents can appear cute, the deer mouse is often considered one of the cutest rodents. With big ears and wide eyes, the deer mouse looks somewhat like a cartoon version of the more common house mouse. But while the deer mouse may be cute, it is not something that anyone wants living in their home. This is not only due to the deer mouse causing damage by chewing through walls and disturbing food, but deer mice can reproduce rapidly and are common disease carriers.


Deer mice are the most common carriers among all rodents of the Hantavirus, which is one of the most serious illnesses carried by any rodent. The Hantavirus causes breathing problems, has no known cure and can be fatal. This is just one of the many reasons that mouse infestations need prompt attention to eradicate the mice and thorough cleaning to make certain that the home or other building is safe. In order to keep his or her home safe, it is important for a homeowner to know the signs of a deer mouse infestation and to take prompt action to remove the mice through a mouse control and animal removal plan.

Deer mice are generally nocturnal and wary of human activity making it difficult to know when mouse control services are needed. However, the mice may be heard at night moving through walls or over ceilings. In most cases, the first sign of the presence of a deer mouse will be droppings found on the floor, in drawers or under sinks. Chewed openings in walls, under cabinets and into cardboard boxes can also be a sign on an infestation and an indication of the need for rodent control services. Deer mice are most likely to enter homes during the winter months as the mice must work harder to find food and warmth to survive through the cold winter months.

Deer mice are most common in rural and suburban areas as these rodents naturally live in open and brushy areas. However, deer mice can also adapt to urban areas and may be found anywhere. For this reason, all homeowners should periodically inspect unused areas of their home in order to identify any rodent control needs that they may have. This inspection should include looking at areas such as attics, basements and crawlspaces for signs of an infestation that may not be noticeable in the living areas of the home. Homowners can also choose to hire an exterminator to perform routine inspections and other mouse control and other animal removal services.

Homeowners who believe that they have an infestation of deer mice, or other pest problems, should contact Blue Chip Pest Control in St. Louis. Blue Chip has years of experience in providing animal removal, mouse control and other rodent control and other related services.


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