Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)
Sometimes this mouse is called the white-footed mouse. Deer mice are jumpers and runners that receive their name due to their agility. Deer mice prefer forests, grasslands and agricultural crops and they are not normally found within urban and residential areas unless fields, forests or other suitable habitats surround those areas.
Deer mice are vectors of the Sin Nombre virus which causes hantavirus pulmonary syndrome and other serious complications. Deer mice shed the virus in their urine, droppings and saliva. In areas, especially indoors, where these rodents are found, take special precautions to prevent hantavirus transmission like wearing protective goggles and a mask, spraying a disinfectant on areas with droppings, urine or nest materials and wet mopping to avoid sweeping or vacuuming.