The deer mouse is a common household pest in the Victoria area. Many people consider it to be quite cute with its large black eyes, reddish-brown back and white chest and legs.
The natural habitat of deer mice is in the fields of rural and semi-rural areas. In Victoria we find them primarily in the Western Communities, Broadmead, and the Saanich Peninsula.
Deer mice nests are usually located underground in hollows around the roots of trees or rocks but they can also be found above ground in hollow trees, attics, cabinet voids and other unused spaces.
Unfortunately this mouse is the primary rodent suspect of the deadly Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome so its presence indoors cannot be tolerated.