White-Footed Mouse

Category: Rodents

Scientific Name: Peromyscus leucopus (Rafinesque)



Color: Reddish brown, with white belly and feet 

Size: Body is 1.4 to 10.5 cm long  

Region: Found in the United States 

Important Considerations:

  • They are of medical concern because they are carriers of Hantavirus  
  • Hantavirus causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, you can get this from contaminated dust particles or inhalation of urine or feces  
  • Lifespan is 2-3 years in the wild, and 5 or more years in captivity
  • These mice are nocturnal
  • They feed on seeds, fruits, nuts, fruits, beetles, caterpillars and other insects


Where to Find Them on Your Property?

These mice can be found in any kind of concealed location. This can include old birds’ nests, abandoned burrows, stumps, logs, and places inside buildings. They may also enter homes, garages, sheds, or infrequently used vehicles. Seal your entrances with hardware cloth to prevent these mice from entering your home.