Deer Mouse

Deer mouse in Atlanta GA - Active Pest Control
  • Common Name(s): Deer Mouse
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Cricetidae
  • Common Species: Peromyscus maniculatus
  • Commonly Confused With: Other Rodents


How to Identify?
The deer mouse is common in western areas. They have short brown to blackish hair and their belly is white in color. They have large eyes and ears and max out around 0.75 oz. in size.


Where do they live?
The deer mouse lives outdoors but can find its way into structures, such as homes, storage sheds, outbuildings, stores, granaries, etc.

Food Source

What do they eat?
These rodents are particularly fond of insects and seeds but will eat a number of food sources: fungi, flowers, nuts, fruit, etc.


What do they do?
These rodents are responsible for helping spread two diseases in humans: Lyme Disease and hantavirus. Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick, for which the deer mouse is a common host. Hantavirus is transmitted by the infected urine, feces, or saliva of these rodents.

Fun Fact

While the deer mouse sometimes causes issues indoors, they do not do nearly as much damage as some of the other commensal rodents. They can have up to 4 litters a year, usually giving birth to 4-10 young per litter!


Author: G. Wyatt West– B.S.E.S University of Georgia 2017; Board Certified Entomologist

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