Economic Importance for Humans: Negative
Deer mice eat seeds of valued forest trees, sometimes preventing the trees from growing back. In addition, deer mice can be destructive by raiding stored grains and other food supplies, gathering litter, and gnawing. Finally, deer mice are hosts for strain of hantavirus called Sin Nombre virus (also called Four Corners or Muerto Canyon virus). This virus, which can be transferred to humans from deer mice, causes an often deadly disease known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.
Negative Impacts: injures humans (carries human disease); crop pest; household pest
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