Despite the simple appearance, deer rats may be deadly creatures that threaten human life and vulnerability, as this type of mice carrying a virus known as "Hanta virus," and therefore this type of pests responsible for serious human diseases as contained in some Scientific statistics that caused the death of three people during 2012.
deer rats are round and slim lesions ranging from 7 to 10 cm long. They also have large, pointed nose, firm black eyes and large, leafy ears covered under fur. Deer rats from cute and deceptive creatures. This lesion appears reddish brown in the upper body, while the abdomen and feet are white. Covered by a short layer of hair.
Why is this pest called by a deer?
Because it is very much like a very small deer, where the top of the mouse tends to be reddish brown, while the abdomen and legs are white, the tail has two dark colors at the top and the white color on the sides of the bottom.
Although deer rats prefer to be present in forests and rural areas, they can also attack different homes and buildings in urban areas. This pest is looking for a safe haven wherever it comes with the right food, so it is often found in underground burrows, in grassy areas, under tree trunks, in abandoned oaks and in some natural cavities of trees.
deer rats are deceptive creatures that appear to be soft from their external appearance. However, many experiments have been carried out on this type of lesion and confirmed to be the main carrier of the Hanta virus transmitted through the air. In addition, the virus is transmitted with the waste and contaminated substances produced by the lesion of urine, faeces and saliva.
TheHanta virus was discovered in 1993 and during this period caused more than half of the cases diagnosed with Hanta virus (Hess), despite the scientific development we are witnessing in this age. However, no effective treatment has been found for this type of Viral infections. Eight people were exposed to the syndrome while they were in Yosemite National Park, and three of them died.
Many people have found deer mice throughout Saudi Arabia, including forests, pastures, farmland, rocky canyons and other environments that the insect can adapt to.
Deer rats are night-time pests that work all night long while prefer to spend the day in their own shelters and nests. The nests of deer rats consist of a group of stems, leaves and leaves, as well as grass roots and a group of fibrous materials. Usually the nest is lined with fur or feathers and also the cut cloth. This nest lesion is found in some hollow sites on the tree, including logs, roots and the underside of the rock. It can also build its own nest above the ground, known for its use of abandoned bird nests.
Deer rats are carnivorous lesions as they feed on certain types of seeds. This pest also deals with fruits and types of invertebrates, fungi and types of green plants. Dice rats can store their food near their nests, usually in autumn when tree seeds and nuts are available at a large rate.
Usually, the deer are not born in the winter. However, the chronology and breeding of the insect does not stop. With abundant food supplies and a warm climate, this pest can be born in the winter and thus multiply throughout the year.
Because of their small size, the deer can invade different houses and buildings, especially the houses that feed them continuously. In this case, they adopt their own nest, store food and take shelter from predatory animals and harsh climatic conditions. Although deer rats affect rural areas at a significant rate, their presence in urban areas is also common. This pest damages furniture, mattresses, clothing, textiles, papers and other materials that are suitable for the construction of their nests.
The signs left by the deer rats of nests, caterpillars and other substances are very similar to those of ordinary household rats, but deer rats have more tendency to store as much food as nuts and seeds. This is the mark that enables the homeowner or technician to determine the type of mice Home and damage caused by.
Dice rats also attack agricultural crops, some plants and forests. Predatory seeds produced by deer mice caused slow regeneration and often failed to fully rehabilitate coniferous forests, which occurred in the early stages of regeneration. Dice rats are known to be able to damage many species of prey that are predisposed by rodent rats and other rodent species. This pest feeds on the seeds produced during the summer, including the seeds of cultivated melons and alfalfa seeds. It also causes a lot of damage to almonds and avocados