Not if you use one of these disposable hygenic traps:
Nooooo! Don't talk about mice! I can't seem to rid my house of them! Just when I think I got them all, I scour all the pots and pans and clean everything....there's more droppings!
I can't use those "hygenic" traps! They don't KILL the mouse. So, when I get up and find that little fur ball trying to scratch it's way out ....it breaks my heart. I did that only one time....and let me tell you, it was a pain trying to open that trap to let the thing back out! LOL! Seriously! I worked for the better part of an hour before I was able to release that mouse!
I've bought a metal mouse trap a few years back, until I left it in the garage for the summer, and somehow a chipmunk found her way in to it.... let's just say it wasn't designed for such a large rodent, and when the sliding wall rotated to push the "mouse" into the secret compartment....the chipmunk went only half way, with her hind legs hanging out.
When I noticed the scratching sound....it was all I could do to release her. She was wedged in their but good. I noticed she was a nursing mom....and it made things even worse....all her starving babies somewhere waiting for her. I worked to get her free, but, she only dragged her hind legs behind her. I was hoping that they only were numb, not that her back was broken. I would have detained her, but, I was sure she was trying to crawl her way back to her hidden pups somewhere. ...so, I let her go.
The sticky traps! NO WAY! Inhumane! I was talked into using them once. I set it up in the garage, where I knew the mice were ....and I caught a shrew not a mouse! The poor thing was squealing in fright! When I heard it, luckily it's nose hadn't come in contact with the sticky stuff yet...so, I slid a piece of paper under the nose. I tried pulling it off....but, no way! In a panic I ran through the house trying to figure out what would dissolve the glue....I ended up with nail polish remover and lighter fluid! Almost set the thing on fire! However, one drop of lighter fluid and the glue vanished.....that shrew just took off like Speedy Gonzalez!
Usually the mice start coming in the house in September, this year, I think I've had 1 month mouse free. They are already back. I have caught one per day for the last three nights. I'm using the old fashion snap trap. Peanut butter pulls them in each time.
I feel bad for them. I think they are cute and serve a purpose, but NOT in my house! Ewwwww!
I wonder if their early return is an omen of a cold winter ahead. Hmmmm.