I don't have any helpful suggestions but I wouldn't want to kill them either. Here, at my house, we don't even kill spiders. I call my daughter the "bug whisperer". She captures them and takesIt's September....
I've lived in my house since 1999. It's on a canyon. There are all kinda of raptors here, deer, coyote, raccoons, etc. Since the day I moved in, all my food has been in glass jars or airtight plastic containers (tupperware type) to keep out ants and roaches, etc.
So, in April, I saw evidence of a mouse in my bedroom. I had left a small bag of nuts (sealed) on my floor and it was torn up and there were droppings nearby. Cleaned it up and didn't see any more mice droppings. About 2 weeks ago now, my dishwasher hose fell apart (now I think mice may have chewed it) and my kitchen got flooded. The kitchen shares a wall with my bedroom. Carpet in my bedroom got damp, and some of the kitchen cabinets appear to be water damaged. (I just called my insurance adjuster to have a look). Haven't seen evidence of mice since UNTIL this week. There were mouse droppings in my bedroom under my dresser against the shared wall. The carpet is mildly damp also. There were mouse droppings all over my stove, several counter tops, along the wall (carpet) and along a table covered with a sarong that is far from any other furniture (I guess the mouse climbed up the fabric). There were some crumbs in my toaster oven on one counter and now it's clean. Otherwise, all the food in my house is very contained (mouse proof). So, day 1, I set a humane trap. I used a 7 gallon trash can, a flexible cutting board and some peanut butter. The mouse ran up the cutting board, which was precariously teetering into the trash can, towards the peanut butter at the very end, and fell into the trash can. I had water and more food in the trash can for any mouse I might catch so it would be ok over night. I set it free outside. I was hoping to get it down the street but as I was taking it outside, it jumped out of the container, into a bush in my front yard and scurried away. The next night, more droppings. Not sure if the same mouse came back or if there are 10 or 100 other mice. I did the same, moving the trap to a very-nearby but different location and nobody got trapped. Night three, more droppings. I bought some humane traps at a hardware store and now, for 2 nights, no mice caught but droppings everywhere. The mice are quite adept at getting the food out of the traps but escaping being caught.
I don't want to kill them. I want to release them. It's the vegan in me, right? Plus, I've had rats and mice as pets.
I've read you can kill them without poison using chewing gum, ex-lax, minute rice and water, etc... but I don't want the smell of dead mice in my walls where I can't reach them. I have the original trap set out for tonite and am hoping. I've also read you can repel them with peppermint oil and black pepper. No clue if it really works although the internet is full of positive stories.
I have a sick feeling I am going to have to kill them.
Please tell me your methods/success stories of either trapping/releasing or repelling with non-lethal chemicals, etc.
Someone suggesting getting a small dog house and making home for them OUTSIDE and stock it well and hope they find it.
Yes, Truckman, I know. Just snap trap them into mousie heaven. know, I know...but they're so cute and deserve to live...