Trap the Mouse to Kill It
Mice are fairly easy to trap if you have an idea of where they hang out.
Electric Trap - The latest in technology is a trap that runs on batteries and painlessly electrocutes the mouse.
Snap Traps -
The traditional “mouse trap” still works. An effective way to reduce mice through trapping is to buy a large number of snap-traps and plan a one or two night massacre. Buying a few traps and expecting to catch mice over a long period of time does not work as well. Bait the traps with a tiny dab of peanut butter or bacon. A good technique is to bait the traps for two or three nights without setting them. Then when you finally do set the traps, you'll catch the mice by surprise.
Besides the basic mouse trap, there is also a product on the market called a “glue board”. This is a sheet of extremely sticky material that literally stops mice in their tracks when they try to run across it.
Since so many inventors have tried to “invent a better mousetrap”, there are many models and designs on the market. They all will work if they are baited and set properly.
Encourage the Predators of the Mice
Natural predators of mice, which include owls, hawks, foxes, snakes, and cats, can help keep down the population. Cats, especially, are natural rodent predators. A spayed female cat is a better hunter than a tomcat. Having a few mice around is not a great problem. The problem arises when they reproduce and begin to cause more than casual damage.
Avoid Using Poisons
Several products are available at hardware and garden centers for poisoning mice and voles. They consist of grain or pelleted food materials dosed with strychnine or an anticoagulant. We do not recommend using these products in the home landscape. They may be appropriate for commercial settings, but not in an area where there are pets and children. Using poisoned baits risks secondary poisoning of other animals. Poisoned rodents may wander about in the open, to be eaten (and poisoned in turn) by predators or household pets such as cats. Traps are easy to use and are very effective. We like traps over poisons.