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Eden Pest Knows Pests: Deer Mice Drum When Disturbed

Deer mouse hitting the chocolate jackpot

Washington pest control experts warn that the fall months are when deer mice tend to make an appearance in homes. If you have an infestation in your home, you may hear the mice if they get upset, are disturbed or feel threatened because they drum on hard surfaces with their tiny front paws.

Other signs of an infestation include:

  • Small mouse tracks on dusty surfaces.
  • Gnawed cardboard boxes, particularly in food storage areas.
  • Seeing small mouse droppings.
  • Noticing chewed cables and cords for electronic devices.
  • Seeing a deer mouse: Deer mice tend to have white fur on the underside of their bodies and a face and back that’s pale gray to a deep reddish-brown. They have small ears and a bi-colored tail.

Prevent an infestation by:

  • Sealing cracks on the exterior of your home and fixing window and door screens.
  • Avoiding leaving food out in the open.
  • Storing pantry items in metal, glass or hard plastic containers with lids.
  • Keeping your home dusted, vacuumed and organized.
  • Using lids on your trashcans.
  • Keeping your yard weeded, mowed and leaf-free.
  • Storing wood piles in a covered area, off the ground and away from your home. 

Tacoma pest control professionals warn that deer mice are of concern because they are the primary carrier of the dangerous hanta virus. If you notice mice in your home or suspect that you have an infestation, immediately call a rodent pest control specialist like Eden Pest. They can control the infestation and take care of the related cleanup in a way that’s safe for your family and pets.

[ Photo by: Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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