White-Footed Mouse Facts
White-footed mice are found over a huge range of the North America, from parts of southern Mexico, the plain states, and even Canada. They primarily live in the eastern United States, but can be found as far west as Montana.
White-footed mice, like deer mice, come from the Peromyscus family, which includes many other small mice species, all of which typically have white feet and white undersides. The white-footed mouse is very closely related to its cousin, the common house mouse.
White-footed mice are great swimmers and can climb any tree with the best of them. They have great balance, thanks to their tails. White-footed mice usually live by themselves unless they are breeding. Mating season depends on where they live, but can range from spring to late summer and even year-round in some southern states. Each litter typically consists of three to five mice. Their young are born blind, but once nursed for three weeks or so, they will leave the nest with full sight to fend for themselves.
White-footed mice are generally nocturnal, as they prefer to stay under the radar of predators; it’s possible to see them during the day in search of food. A distinct behavior of the white-footed mouse is the act of “drumming” on leaves or hollow reeds with their front paws. In the fall these little rodents will collect seeds and nuts for their food supply come winter. They love nuts, berries, some small insects, grains, and even fungi. In the wild, they usually live for a year, but in captivity they can live for several years.
White-Footed Mouse Identification
It can be difficult to tell a white-footed mouse from other species of mice, but luckily, as their name suggests, they have white feet. In addition, they also have a reddish brown fur up top and a white belly. When it comes to other mice, you can usually tell a white-footed mouse apart by its bicolored tail. They range in size from 5 to 8 inches including the tail. White-footed mice are also known for their distinctly large ears because of its proportion to the rest of the mouse’s body.
White-Footed Mouse Damage
When in your home, white-footed mice can damage areas of your home as they search of a good nesting spot. They’ll gnaw away at insulation, siding, woodwork, food packaging, or furniture. In some cases, they can chew on electrical wires that can lead to fires. Outside in your garden, their love for seeds can sometimes ruin the growth of new crops as they dig up them for food.
White-Footed Mouse Infestation
Like all other mice, white-footed mice pose health risks that can affect you without you even knowing it. For one, white-footed mice play a key role in the transmission of Lyme Disease. They carry bacteria that causes the disease and they’ll transmit it to the a tick if bitten. Ticks will then pass the disease along to other mammals and humans.
In your home, white-footed mouse droppings are what you need to keep an eye out for. Their feces can contain the hantavirus, which can become airborne when stirred up. The greater the infestation, the greater chance of any pathogens entering the air. You may hear squeaking or scampering in your walls, ceiling or basement. Droppings can be found in your kitchen cabinets, food-storage areas, or around your sink.
White-Footed Mice in the Walls & the House
Your home is like a tree stump to them — they don’t know the difference. White-footed mice nest in hollow trees, brush piles, buildings, and old squirrel or bird nests. You may find activity up in your attic or down below in the basement. Look for nesting materials like grass, leaves, hair, bark, moss, or even cloth. The greater the infestation, the more droppings you’ll notice around your home, usually along the paths they travel.
Frequently Asked Questions About White-Footed Mice
What do white-footed mouse droppings look like?
Their droppings are very tiny, usually around 1/8 of an inch in length. They are rice- or grain-like in shape, but can vary. White-footed mouse droppings are much closer in size to, say, a cockroach than some larger breeds of rodent like the roof rat or norway rat.
What are the benefits of a professional pest control team taking care of your white-footed mouse problem?
A pest management professional has the proper skills, education and tools to effectively tackle any white-footed mouse problem. Locating and removing the white-footed mice infesting your home can be difficult, especially if you have multiple structures on your property. A pest management professional will use its expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best way to eliminate any white-footed mouse infestation, no matter how big or small.
Of course, if you run into a white-footed mouse problem (or any mouse problem), contact Catseye Pest Control for a quick and easy solution.