How to Get Rid of Mice Without Killing Them

Getting rid of mice in your house without killing them is the more humane way to deal with a pest problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rats and mice spread more than 35 diseases through their urine and feces. Removing them from your home is vital to your family's good health. You'll find that there are several free and inexpensive methods you can use to rid your house of troublesome mice.

Get Rid of Mice Without Killing Them

Step 1

Buy a trap with a spring-loaded door. Both Havahart traps and the humane mouse trap sold by the Cruelty Free Shop work by trapping a mouse once it enters the trap.

Step 2

Bait the trap with a small amount of peanut butter on a cracker. Place the bait near the middle of the trap's floor.

Step 3

Place the door in the open position and wait for a mouse to appear. When the mouse steps on the door trigger, the door will slam shut, trapping the mouse in the cage.

Step 4

Make your mouse trap with an empty toilet paper roll, a raisin and a tall trash bin.

Step 5

Flatten the toilet paper roll slightly so that it doesn't roll and place it on the edge of a kitchen counter.

Step 6

Balance the toilet paper roll so that one end extends over the counter.

Step 7

Place the raisin in the end of the roll that hangs over the floor.

Step 8

Put the trash bin under the toilet paper roll. When the mouse enters the toilet paper roll, its weight will cause the roll to drop into the trash bin.

Step 9

Try a humane mouse trap that works with a bottle that you provide. The Humane Mouse Trap, sold by Clean Air Gardening, is shaped like a big piece of cheese and attached to a plastic bottle.

Step 10

Place bait in the bottle and attach the cheese to the mouth of the bottle.

Step 11

Place the trap on a floor or counter. When a mouse enters the trap, a ball and spring located in the cheese will activate, trapping the mouse inside.

Step 12

Fill a bucket half-full with water and add a sponge or other floating item that can support the weight of a mouse.

Step 13

Place the bucket's handle in the upright position and tie a piece of string to the top of the handle.

Step 14

Attach a piece of food to the end of the string and let it dangle over the sponge. When the mouse tries to reach the food, it will fall into the water and won't be able to get out of the water. Mice are good swimmers and your captured mouse will swim to the sponge and wait for you to free it.