I have been living in my house now for about 11.5 years. That first year here, I had discovered a mouse in the house, only one, and I was able to catch it with a live trap. I released it out at the back of my property, and I never had another issue. Since that time, I have added a few cats to the family, 3 cats to be specific. I figured that I would never have mouse issues again as at least one of them would be a mouser. A couple months ago, I heard a commotion out in the kitchen, and found that in fact, my most docile cat, Epic, had found a mouse and had caught it. Of course, he only wanted to play with the mouse, and when I tried to capture it in a piece of Tupperware, it escaped into the air return of the furnace.
Fast forward a few weeks, and I go into my office. I find a bunch of candy wrappers and mouse droppings on the floor. After the last Imbolc celebration, when the omens told us to not beat the groundhog piñata full of candy, I just left it sitting in the office, and would eventually get around to emptying it of candy. I never did. Now the mouse has apparently chewed its way into the piñata and eaten the candy. So, that gets all cleaned up, and there was no candy left, only wrappers. I now decide to set the live trap again. Enter the peanut butter into the trap, and I wait, checking on it every few days.
Two nights ago, I hear a weird noise. As I had just cut holes into a wall to run a wire up to the attic, it probably was that, I thought. It's probably the wind. Last night I hear it again. This time I get up to go and close the door to the bathroom where the hole is, but first stop to listen to where the sound was coming from. Nope, not bathroom. It was in the office. I look, and voila, 2 mice in the trap, trying to chew their way out.... the chewing is the noise I heard.
Today, they got released, far away from my house, and not in a residential area. I hope they found a warm place to nest, or more likely, they become a good snack for some predator. All I know is they won't be coming back to my house easily. The trap has been reset just in case it was more than 2 mice, but hopefully that was it for the year. As for the cats, good thing they are cute, cuddly, and warm... I surely can't count on them for rodent control.