Mice can be cute little rodents, but that does not mean we want to share our homes with them. They spread disease through their urine and feces and can do serious damage to the wood in your home with their nibbling teeth. Many people do not like the thought of using a good ole fashioned snap trap. I mean, have you ever seen one gone wrong, it is not a pretty sight. While using a snap trap does allow for the least suffering and quickest death, many do not like how brutal it can be. For these types of people there are many other ways to keep control of your rodent situation. A method called IPM or integrated pest management allows for alternative ways to stay ahead of the game. IPM takes time and effort but will pay off in the long run. Integrated pest management utilizes keeping your food sealed, entrances closed, and eliminating any water sources. Combining IPM with a few DIY repellents I am sure you will have no trouble getting rid of mice.
Rodenticides on the market today are extremely powerful and get the job done the first time. The poison is ingested and inhibits the rodents ability to clot blood, causing it to internally bleed until death. A few options are warfarin, brodifacoum, diefenacoum, and flocoumafen. All of these chemicals are extremely toxic and will cause mice to be thirsty. In search of water they leave your home and die. The biggest risk with rat poison is keeping your child or house pets away from it. If ingested these chemicals will do damage. Poison requires caution if used for getting rid of mice.
I think everyone has seen a mouse trap before. In case I am wrong, this trap will consist of a foundation and a spring loaded piece of metal ready to fire. A piece of cheese or peanut butter is put on the trap and when the mouse steps on the trigger the metal clamp fires. This will snap closed on the mouse, hopefully its neck, killing it quickly and quietly. Many people do not like to see a trap gone wrong with a rodent still struggling for its life hours later.
Sticky traps are another option but looked at by many as the most inhumane. You place it in corners and highly traveled places and when the mouse steps on it the mouse will be stuck. This option is a little cruel as the trap itself does not kill the mouse. The trap leaves the mouse stuck for a time that could be days. Forcing the mouse to die from starvation and thirst. While stuck to a sticky trap mice will try to get loose any way possible, including chewing off their own limbs. Kinda gross.