I am at the end of my rope with the mouse population in my apartment. Help me catch or repel them, humanely if possible.
So I have these mice. They seem to have chewed through the frame of my old wood building and enjoy running about my kitchen at night, chewing up whatever they can find. Things I have tried:
1) Finding and stopping up the entrance points. I found a few but there are obviously more in concealed areas. It's a very old building.
2) Humane traps. First I tried the Hav-a-hart traps my mom used when I was a kid. They are now made in China and utter crap. Then I tried this trap
. I actually caught a few of them with it, but lately them seem to be able to eat the crackers out of it without getting caught.
3) "Oils." I bought these little packets that supposedly give off a smell mice hate. They may or may not have worked for a little while, but not for long.
So, I really need to get rid of them. I don't want to kill them if I don't have to, but honestly I'm desperate enough to consider it. Any ideas of what has worked for you would be appreciated!
I am a renter, but for various reasons would prefer to not involve the landlord. I have checked older questions about mice before, but nothing there worked for me, so I'm hoping for some fresh insight.