Mice are often uninvited guests, especially as the weather cools. Evidence of their presence may be found from unexplained gnawing on food packages, wires or sounds of scurrying around at night.
Why kill when relocation is a possibility?
While their presence is a nuisance, it is possible to remove them without causing any harm to the mouse or through the use of potentially harmful poisons.
There are a variety of humane mouse traps available, but the one that I’ve found to be the most effective is the Seabright Labs’ Smart Mouse Trap (as pictured above). It is easy to use, reusable and effective.
It can be ordered on Amazon and is eligible for Prime delivery.
How does one trap a live mouse?
Open the box for the trap and briefly review the instructions. Carefully examine the trap. The area where bait should be placed is in the middle on a stand. This stand triggers the door to shut behind the mouse.
Mice love bird seed and chunky peanut butter (we don’t recommend smooth as it is a choking hazard). Either bait can be placed in the humane mouse trap and then the back sliding door can be fixed back in place and the front door set to open.
Set the trap in an area where activity has been observed (usually near a source of food or water). Clean the area so that no other sources of food are readily available. Check the trap a few times a day. Our guest has limited food and water to sustain themselves while trapped.
We’ve got a live one! Now what?
First, try to ensure our visitor remains calm. Too much noise, light, etc can cause a panic or even a heart attack. A small cloth can be draped over the trap while the next steps are determined.
Next, gather some supplies:
1: Some food (seeds, nuts, berries, etc).
2: Bedding material (paper towel or cardboard from a paper towel roll is good for example).
3: A small amount of water
The main objective is to find a good location that’s about 3-5 miles away (or more) where the wild mouse can readily sustain themselves. A large park is the best bet.
The wild mouse will need the supplies you’ve gathered, so please be sure to set them close to the spot where they are released. Chances are they will come visit later to gather them and build a new nest.
Release the wild mouse in a quiet off-the-path area and then slowly walk away. They will need plenty of time and minimal distractions in order to become adjusted to their new surroundings.
It’s best to release the wild mouse in spring, summer or autumn. If it is a cold winter release can be dangerous for them as they do not have a shelter to survive the temperatures. In these situations it may be best to contact a local wildlife volunteer or humane society to ask for help.