Deer Mouse Trivia Question:
How many droppings do adult Deer Mice produce per day:
Correct Trivia Answer: a) "C" - An adult deer mouse typically produces 50 to 75 droppings per day.
The Deer Mouse
The Deer Mouse (Peromyscus Maniculatus) is also commonly referred to as the “Field Mouse” or “White-footed Mouse” and can be found in the eastern two-thirds of the U.S., in rural and semirural areas only. They are typically not found in urban environments.
Feasting on seeds, grains and fruits, these mice often aggravate farmers when they infiltrate grain silos and storage bins. Since these rodents are highly nocturnal, most feeding occurs 30- minutes after sunset and before sunrise.
Common nesting locations are: ledges beneath decks, garages, barns, inside of cars and burrows around tree roots; All usually less than 30-ft from their food source, as their home range is no more than 30-feet.
These rodents are well-known carriers of the deadly Hantavirus, which has caused numerous deaths in the United States. As prolific breeders, they pose serious health risks for humans and pets.
Droppings, gnaw marks, and urine odors are just a few signs of mice activity. Droppings are the most commonly encountered evidence of rodent activity. Even a small mouse infestation can produce literally thousands of droppings in a short period of time. An adult deer mouse typically produces 50 to 75 droppings per day. These fecal pellets are usually dark-colored, 1/4 inch in length, and pointed at both ends.
Evidence of recent gnawing is an excellent sign for determining the presence of mice. Besides chewing wires, mice gnaw on plastic items, wood, bags, and corners of cereal boxes. Additionally, they will shred paper from books and paper towels for their nests.
Mouse holes are typically small, clean-cut holes about 1/2 inch in diameter.
Another indication that mice are present is a strong musty odor. Cats and dogs may excitedly sniff and probe an area where rats or mice are present, and often indicate this by scratching or making unusual sounds.
To adequately keep deer mice out of your home, all openings need to be sealed off – remember mice only need an opening of 1/4" or the size of a dime to gain entry to your home.
In addition to exclusion, careful storage of foods and elimination of clutter are valuable steps in the fight to control deer mice infestations.
Rodents must have adequate food and shelter in order to live and thrive. Removal of these 2 factors is the best way to prevent and control rodent problems. It is important to include both the outside and inside of your home in your sanitation efforts.
If a deer mouse or any other critter gets too close for comfort, call the professionals at Critter Control for assistance by dialing 1-800-CRITTER.
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