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How To Control Deer Micedeer mouse

While house mice may be the most common mouse that one may encounter in the household, there is another type of mouse that is becoming a rising problem, the deer mouse. Deer mice are typically a more wild mouse, found in rural areas and in woodlands, however, they are starting to follow the lead of the deer mouse and moving closer to human dwellings to satisfy its appetite, especially during the winter months.

Deer mice are a deceptively cute little rodent with its big eyes and ears. The deer mouse is similar in size to deer mice but they can be easily distinguished from the deer mice by their unique two-colored tail and body. This is actually why it’s named the deer mouse because it’s color scheme resembles that of a deer: the upper body is gray to reddish brown while its underbelly and legs are white.

The deer mouse is a pest of particular concern because of it is a well-known carrier of Hantavirus, which has caused numerous deaths in the United States. Deer mice have been known to get into grain and other stored foods and have contaminated them with their fluids and feces.

If your home has a deer mouse problem, Solutions Pest and Lawn can help by offering professional control products and helpful DIY advice so you can easily take care of this rodent issue without having to call a professional.

How To Get Rid of Deer Mice: 3 Step Solution

Controlling deer mice takes an approach similar to that of controlling the deer mouse or similar rodent. Solutions Pest and Lawn not only has all the items you need to put together a successful control program, but we also offer simple how-to advice either on our website or with a live expert to guide you in tackling your deer mouse issue the right way. There are three main steps when it comes to eliminating a deer mouse infestation: sanitation, control methods like traps and baits, and then mouse-proofing your home with exclusion measures.

Step 1: To begin addressing your deer mouse problem, you first need to do a thorough inspection of your home to see where the mice are frequenting and gathering. Their high activity areas may be indoors between wall voids, the kitchen, or even outdoors. Check for mouse droppings and listen for squeaks and noises, particularly at night when mice are the most active and are gnawing and communicating amongst one another. After that, you will need to sanitize your home thoroughly to make it so that the mice do not have any food and water sources out in the open for them to enjoy. Reduce clutter as much as possible, vacuum, sweep-up and mop up food crumbs and grease and oils around the kitchen.

Step 2: Once a detailed inspection and sanitation has been done to your home, you can then lay out baits and traps. Mice will be eager to take any bait you leave out if you did a good job with sanitation as there would be no other food that they can swipe up and eat. We have a variety of baits to choose from as well as effective traps both lethal and non-lethal. We suggest using Eratication bait blocks placed inside an Aegis Bait station or JT Eaton glueboards. Lay out traps near walls with an appealing bait.  Another option is to use a mechanical Snap-E trap for mice. Place up against a wall for it to deal a lethal blow to rodents. We also recommend laying out bait outdoors rather than indoors to prevent mice from dying from the bait indoors in an area where its hard to grab and dispose of them.

Step 3: At this point, those rodents around your home have been caught or poisoned. Before you go patting yourself on the back for a job well done, you need to carry out an exclusion routine to discourage deer mice to seek out your home in the future. Seal gaps and holes with black foam or Stuff-It Copper Mesh.Maintain a clean and sanitary home, take out trash regularly, seal gaps and holes in your home which would be used as a point of entry with caulking. Exclusion measures is an ongoing process if you don’t want to deal with another deer mouse indoors again.

 

Browse our deer mouse control products below and as always, if you have any questions or concerns or would like some more detailed how-to advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone, live chat or email.

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