Or you can do what I do, plug in ultra sonic plug ins, they emmit noise that is either offputing or uncomfortable to mice and rats and they leave.
All else fails get a cat.
included a link to a plan to make a simple but effective humane mousetrap.
"Ground Control to Major Tom.... Ground Control to Major Tom...
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on...."
David Bowie- "Space Oddity"
Just found this thread. I've discovered I have a mice problem this weekend and it freaked me out so I did some research. Here's a website I found:
Not all of these are humane or even vegan, but they do have some good ideas.
I got my maintenance guy to plug up some holes in the kitchen, which I hope will work. I did see some activity this morning in 2 dresser drawers in the livingroom. However, I last checked those drawers yesterday morning, so the activity could have come from before the maintenance guy came to plug the holes.
I'm getting some peppermint oil today and putting them in the places I've seen mouse droppings.
What I can't get is that the only place that seems to be showing some major activity right now is 2 of the bureau drawers in the living room. The drawers are always closed and there seem to be no holes that I can find. I checked all the drawers and there is evidence in 2 others that the mice where there but they didn't camp out there as they did in these other 2 drawers (which was entirely my fault - I stored candy and chocolate in those drawers). I have been known in the past to not close the drawers completely, so that might have been the case, but I've been doing that the last few days.
I am praying that they did not camp out somewhere in the bureau where I'm not seeing them!
So far they work good enough. I couldn't stand the thought of hurting the critters they just want food! A little bit of all your food so they have to go. I live somewhat rural and walk them out to the woods and let them go. I like the peppermint oil idea! I will try that myself as soon as o get peppermint oil
Don't know if this will work in your particular situation, but what I've always done is figured out how the mice are getting to where I can see they've been, and come up with some sort of system. For example, my last group of mice were coming down from my ceiling via a wire in my closet, onto a dresser, and getting down from there. So I balanced a toilet paper tube on the edge of the dresser, put some peanut butter on the side leaning over a bucket which I placed on the floor directly under the tube, so when they went to get the peanut butter they were in the bucket. Then I transported them to a field a few miles away. You could always get some humane traps if you have the time and extra few bucks.
That is so cruel and inhumane. My cat once brought in a rat and had it cornered. I got a broom and was going to start hitting it (to kill it), but then I saw how afraid he was - he was breathing rapidly and scared to death. I realized that he was a living animal (and also cute in his own way). I found a way to capture him and release him. Just because a particular animal is not appealing to human beings does not mean it's OK to hurt them and allow them to suffer. What if that mouse was their beloved pet? It's the same suffering.
I am appalled to read about the way your boss/ colleagues have been treating the mice. It sounds like they are torturing them and deliberately causing suffering. I would call the RSPCA/ ASPCA and talk to them about it. They may come around and inspect the premises, which would help reduce future suffering.
Why is the suffering and killing of animals wrong? Because the value of a sentient organism's life is priceless. They are their own beings and have their own lives and loves. They have higher emotions and thought processes. Their minds are different from ours in degree, not kind - meaning that fundamentally there are critical similarities.