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The most common types found in the Beeches are Deer and house mice.

Deer mice have darker colouring on the back coupled with white on the abdomen and limbs. They reach about 17 cm long, including the tail, and weigh in the 15 to 32 g range.

House mice are grayish brown on the back and sides with slight lighter in colour abdomen and legs. These weigh in the 18 to 23 g range and feature large round ears and a long tail.

They reproduce with large litters and, as such, need to be brought under control quickly when discovered.

Dangers and Damages

Both varieties leave feces and urine which can carry disease. In addition, they chew through insulation, wiring, siding etc. creating fire hazards and / or causing costly damage.


  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)
  • Lyme Disease
  • Salmonellosis
  • Babesiosis


Removal and exclusion of mice can be a significant task beyond catching the existing population. Access points must be identified and blocked and cleanup of the grounds next to the house may be required. It is advisable to have a professional who knows what to look for do this work.

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