Do White Footed Mice Spread Viruses Like Hantavirus & Bacterial Infections Such as Lyme Disease in Flemington, NJ?
White footed mice closely resemble deer mice. It’s hard to tell them apart but the sure sign is their white feet and the difference between them and other deer mice is their bicolored tail. They are small, measuring six inches including their tail. Their upper body is darker than the rest of them with white undersides as well as feet and tails that are lighter on the bottom then the top. White footed mice usually don’t enter homes until the weather starts to cool.
White Footed Mouse Range & Diet
The white-footed mouse is nocturnal, solitary and territorial. Unless they’re breeding they live by themselves. They have a behavior of “drumming” on leaves or hollow reeds with their front paws. They are omnivores and eat berries, seeds, nuts and grains, insects, fruit and fungi and fall is the time when they gather and store food for the winter. They can climb and swim well and have a great sense of direction. They can return to locations as far as two miles away.
White Footed Mouse Habitat; Hopefully Not in Your House
White footed mice can be found in warm, dry forests and brush lands. They can survive in a wide variety of habitats and because of this they do well in suburban and agricultural settings. Nests can be found underground, around tree and shrub roots, under logs or boards and in tunnels constructed by other animals. Above ground, you’ll find them in hollow trees, cabinet voids, unused equipment, wood piles or squirrel nests.
White Footed Mice Infestations
The sound of scampering or squeaking in your walls, ceiling or basement and droppings in your kitchen cabinets, stored food areas or around your sink can be an indication you have an issue. More droppings mean larger infestations. The walls of your house are like tree stumps to them. If you notice nesting material like leaves, hair, grass, moss, bark or cloth around, they might be making your home theirs. In your garden, your crops can be ruined as they love seeds and will dig them up for food. As they search for a nesting spot they can cause damage in your home. They will gnaw at siding, woodwork, insulation, food packaging and furniture and may even chew on electrical wires; and that can lead to fires. Exclusion is the easiest way to keep them out of your home. Any openings larger than ¼ inch should not be ignored as they will gnaw on these to make them larger. Snap traps, glue boards or multiple mouse traps can be used in your home along with baits placed close to areas of activity with peanut butter, sunflower seed or moistened rolled oats.
White Footed Mouse; Primary Carriers of Hantavirus & Lyme Disease
White footed mice are primary carriers of Lyme disease and the Hantavirus. These are transmitted through their feces and urine and then passed to deer ticks when they are bitten. The ticks then pass the disease to humans and other mammals. Hantavirus gets airborne when feces is stirred up. Larger infestations result in more pathogens entering the air. Locating them and removing them can be difficult. Professionals have the education and experience needed to tackle any white footed mouse problem effectively. Contact Merlin’s Pest Control to devise a plan to rid your home of these rodents.