How to Get Rid of Deer Mice

If left uncontrolled, deer mice can be troublesome and dangerous pests. They are the reservoir species of Hantavirus that causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome and is extremely harmful to human health.

Preventive measures may be taken to ensure that an area does not become host to a deer mouse population. The use of rodent-proofing materials on entryways around the exterior ensures that these rodents cannot enter. Regardless of size, all holes should be sealed with these materials; deer mice are able to pass through holes the size of a dime. Keeping weeds and grass mowed and removing clutter from the yard can make the property less attractive to deer mice.

Defensive packaging of food will also help. Food containers made of stainless steel, glass and thick, heavy plastic are better than paper boxes and plastic bags.

Boxes and items stored in garages, attics or crawlspaces are ideal nesting sites for deer mice. These should be examined carefully. Try to keep these areas tidy so that mouse activity will be easier to spot.

Removing deer mice from the infested area oftentimes proves difficult. Most treatment methods involve traps. Professional pest control is necessary to treat an existing deer mouse infestation.