Peeples: My sister has had an awful mouse infestation. She is very clean and keeps her home immaculate, and she had been finding mouse droppings on her tables, kitchen counters, even on the white bedspread in her guest room. She tried EVERYTHING: peppermint, (maybe not 100% peppermint, as suggested below)...trying to plug holes, even the traps where you can relocate them. NOTHING worked.
She finally had to get an exterminator. It broke her heart, as she loves all animals, and mice really are cute...they just multiply and no one wants urine and mouse droppings on their tables and counters. It is not safe, sanitary or healthy.
The exterminator was an expert, and humane. He placed boxes of food that was poisoned...and he told her she would not see anything...that the mice would leave the premises and go outside and die. Within 2 weeks the problem was solved. The exterminator then returned and plugged all the holes where they could get in.
My sister is SO relieved not to deal with this problem that she has had for a few YEARS. She said, "It got to the point, it was either the mice, or it was me." She HATED doing it, but when it comes to sanitation and health issues, that is a very serious thing.
That being said I am totally against the glue traps they are the most HORRIBLE, INHUMANE invention I've ever seen. I don't even want to go into detail what I saw at my place of employment with these terrible traps. They should be totally banned.
Finally, I found a dead mouse in our bedroom a few months ago, and one at the bottom of our cellar steps a week ago. Very sad, but we have four cats, who take care of any mouse problems in our home. Blessings, Sparklea