How to Catch a Mouse With Out Killing It

Here is a photo of a typical house mouse. Many people don't realize the amount of damage that a few small mice can cause. You should never allow them to run wild in your house.
Here is a photo of a typical house mouse. Many people don't realize the amount of damage that a few small mice can cause. You should never allow them to run wild in your house.

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How To Catch A Mouse With Out Killing It

I'm writing this Hub Page for people that want to catch the mouse jumping and running around their house with out killing it. You should know that if you do catch that mouse that you should release it at least a mile away from your house or the mouse may just come back. Then you'll have to catch him all over again. it might be easier to get a cat.

Every time I see a mouse running around the house I think of the movie , Mouse Hunt. It was one of my favorite all time movies. Can you imagine if you had a mouse like that running around in your house. If you've never seen the movie , Mouse Hunt you should get a copy of the movie and watch it soon. It is a really funny movie.

Hantavirus And Mice

In North America mice and their droppings have been linked to the hantavirus. All you have to do is to breathe the dust that has mouse excrement in it to come down with the virus. If your house is overrun with mice it may be far safer for you to call in a professional exterminator rather than trying to deal with the mice problem yourself. This is a decision your going to have to make yourself and decide which solution you are going to go with. If you have small children I would suggest calling the exterminator.

You should never catch a wild mouse and try to make a pet out of it. Wild mice do carry all kinds of diseases and simple exposure to them by some people can make the person sick. If you have to handle a dead mouse be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soapy water and wash to your elbows.

Wild Mice

Wild mice are all over the world and in some places they do a lot of damage to crops. Mice also spread disease through their droppings. Mice are primarily nocturnal and mice rely on their hearing rather than their eyesight to locate food and to listen for predators. Mice in the wild will hide under wood and rocks and almost all mice will move into a nice warm house if they get a chance. As soon as you see a mouse running around in your house you need to catch i either with a regular mouse trap or a live mouse trap. You don't want mice to get established in your house or you may have a hard time getting rid of them.

If you have mice in your house be careful of using any food stored in cabinets. If it is something that mice have chewed into dispose of the food item and do not use it.

Poison For Mice

You can use poison for mice but if you do you run the risk of having a dead mouse rotting and smelling in a location where you can not get to it. You can put poison under your house to prevent mice from coming into your house. If you've been trying to get rid of mice but you keep seeing them moving around in your house you most likely need to call an exterminator.

If you have fields and outbuildings near your house you may have a hard time getting rid of the mice. You may have to put out mouse poison in the out buildings to be sure that you get rid of the mice.

Its in the late summer and early fall that you should be the most concerned about a mouse getting into your house. When the weather turns cold mice often try to find their way into the house where they can stay warm and get a few free meals.

Is There A Mouse In My House

If your finding small holes chewed in bread, crackers and etc. then you most likely have a mouse in your house. Its very important to get the mouse or mice out of your house because they can cause disease and they are really destructive.

Mouse droppings look like small black grains of rice. If your seeing mouse droppings in drawers or under cabinets you have a mouse problem. If you have one mouse you most likely have more mice that you just aren't seeing.

Check where pipes or wires enter your home and fill any holes where mice are entering your home. Use the spray expanding foam that gets hard to keep mice and other creepy crawlers out of your house. If you fill up any hole coming into your house you will keep out mice, rats, cockroaches and snakes. If snakes know that there are rodents loose in your house they will come in to hunt down the mice or rats which are their prey.

Here Are Live Humane Mouse Traps You Can Buy And Use To catch Mice

How To Catch A Mouse With Out Killing It

Pet Mice In This Photo.
Pet Mice In This Photo.

How To Catch A Mouse With Out Killing It.

The mouse goes out to the end of the toilet paper tube and falls down into the deep trash can where it can not get out of.
The mouse goes out to the end of the toilet paper tube and falls down into the deep trash can where it can not get out of.
The mouse walks up the cardboard ramp and out into the end of the toilet paper tube where you have bait. The tube and the mouse falls into the deep trash can and the mouse is trapped.
The mouse walks up the cardboard ramp and out into the end of the toilet paper tube where you have bait. The tube and the mouse falls into the deep trash can and the mouse is trapped.

How To Catch A Mouse Without Killing It

You can catch a mouse with out killing it but you should know that mice do carry all kinds of diseases and you should never try to make a pet out of a wild mouse. Once you have caught the mouse take it a mile or more away from your house before you release it back into the wild.

In scientific research projects tagged mice have been known to travel for up to five miles to return to their burrow. So unless you take the mouse far enough away from your home the mouse you catch today may very well be the mouse you catch tomorrow.

If you dump it back outside in the backyard it is going to be coming back in the house tonight. It has established its home in your house and it will come back if it can.

I myself would never use one of the sticky glue traps to catch a mouse because you'll never free a mouse from a glue trap and I think its cruel. If you have only a few mice in your house you can use the live mouse trap shown in the photo above to catch the mice in your house.

Once you have caught the mouse or mice I suggest taking them out into the country to turn them loose. Where ever you take them for release be sure that it is at least a mile away from your house. If not the mouse or mice will just come back.

Mice usually will come into the house at the beginning of cold weather both because they are looking for a warm place and mice are always hungry. You should check under sinks and cabinets for small holes that a mouse can come in. Fill the hole with steel wool and then finish it off with sheet rock putty to seal the hole. If you'll do this every year you'll keep mice from ever getting into your house.

Cut back bushes and trees outside your home so the mice and other critters don't have a easy way to get in your house. If a branch or bush is touching your house it needs to be cut back so it is no longer touching your house. You'll also be keeping spiders and cockroaches out of your house this way.

Don't allow lumber, wood or etc to lay around outside near your home or your setting yourself up for a mouse problem. They will first hide under the wood and then they will make their way inside your home.

If A Mouse Gets Into Your House

If a mouse does get into your house you can set up a trap like in the above photo and soon you'll catch the mouse and you can take it at least a mile from your house and turn it loose. Never handle wild mice because they can and do carry diseases.

Bait For The Mouse

The best two baits to use to catch a mouse in the no kill trap are peanut butter or jerky. Put your bait out in the very end of the tube so the mouse has to go out there to go after the bait. When it does go out to the end of the tube the weight of the mouse will cause the tube and the mouse to fall into the trash can below. Then you'll have the mouse trapped and you can remove the mouse from your house.

In the above video about , How To Catch A Mouse With Out Killing It you can learn exactly how to catch the mouse with out killing the mouse. In that video it suggests turning the mouse loose in the neighbors yard so it becomes their problem. But let me warn you that if you do catch the mouse you need to take it at least a mile from your house or it may just come back.

In this photo is a wild field mouse. Its there but it is hard to see. This is how wild mice stay hidden.
In this photo is a wild field mouse. Its there but it is hard to see. This is how wild mice stay hidden.
In this photo is another great live mouse trap. They walk out the rope onto the can where the peanut butter is and fall into the trash can or deep bucket.
In this photo is another great live mouse trap. They walk out the rope onto the can where the peanut butter is and fall into the trash can or deep bucket.

Tips About Catching Mice

You should know that if you need to there are more than one way to trap mice live and humane. You can run a rope through a can that you have rubbed down with baby oil like in the photo just above there. Leave the rope hanging to the ground on both sides of the trash can. The mouse will go up the rope and try to go out onto the can to eat the peanut butter. It will then fall into the can below and be trapped there. You can then take the mouse for a ride away from your home and turn it loose.

Mouse Prevention For Your House

Don't forget to do mouse prevention for your home. You should use steel wool and sheet rock putty to fill any holes under cabinets or etc where you think a mouse might get in. You want to look carefully with a good strong flashlight so you don't miss any holes. Any hole the size of a quarter needs to be filled. You also need to fill in around pipes because this is a favorite way that mice get into houses.

Mouse Droppings

If you see mouse droppings in your kitchen drawers first of all get rid of the mice. Then you need to wear disposable gloves and clean everything in the drawers with warm soapy water being sure to clean everything including all exposed surfaces.

Thanks For Reading My Hub Page On How To Catch A Mice With Out Killing Them

I have provided at least two ways here of catching a mouse with out killing it but it may not always be practical. If your house is over run with mice you may have to use traps that kill or mouse poison. If you have cats or children use extreme care when using mouse poison. Only put mouse poison where children can't reach it and watch out for your cat eating mice that may have been killed by poison. If you have comments, suggestions, tips, or questions feel free to post them below.

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Please post your questions, comments, tips, or suggestions about how to catch a mouse with out killing it. Thanks for reading. 2 comments

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crazyhorsesghost 3 years ago from East Coast , United States Author

Thanks mate. No I really don't want to kill or poison them either. I have two Great Horned Owls that live on my property and I would never use poison.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

It is never good for birds or other wild animals to catch these poisoned mice. If they ingest it, it will kill them, too. Great job on this piece. I, for one, don't really want to kill the mice, either.

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