Humanely, that is.
I have a friend who just bought a house which is apparently inhabited by a few critters in the basement. We had this same problem when we first moved into our century-old house a few years ago, but have since solved this by sealing up the foundation and insulating with spray foam. I absolutely couldn't stand the sight of any more mouse traps in my crawlspace, so I used this little technique a few times to say the least!
What you need:
- toilet paper roll
- peanut butter
- large garbage can
The rest is pretty much self-explanatory.
|Spread some peanut butter into one end of a toilet paper roll.|
|Carefully balance on a ledge with the garbage can underneath.|
|When the mouse crawls through to get the peanut butter, the roll will fall into the garbage can.|
|Sometimes his friends will even join him-- a couple times I had 3 or 4 at one time.|
|Seriously how can anyone hate these critters? So cute. Rats? Different story...|
Then all you have to do is relocate them. I walked them down into our forest and across the creek. Not to say I wasn't repeatedly catching the same three mice every day, but at least I could sleep at night. You can spray paint their tails if you're worried about this and want to see if you are in fact providing little pinky and the brain a free meal every day. Or if you just have way too much time on your hands.