Last year we had some issues with mice, and we set traps and caught probablyt 3-4 and then never saw any more. This year we've already caught one (outside under the back steps), and it hasn't even gotten cold yet. We know there are more because of the way our dog has been acting. We have quite a large pile of debris in our backyard (grass clippings, weeds that have been pulled, dirt, rocks, etc....the yard is still under construction), and I am pretty sure that this is where the mice have been living and breeding. I would like to get rid of the piles, but it is enough that we'd have to pay to have it all hauled away, and we simply can't afford that right now. It would need someone with a small loader to do the job, so we'd be looking at several hundred dollars at a minimum. We also live right across the street from a very large field.
Anyway, I'm starting to freak about the probability of a winter dealing with mice. I'm looking for natural and safe solutions to get rid of them. I'm feeling like there are potentially going to be enough that just setting traps isn't going get to the root of the problem. It seems like an exterminator-sized job, but obviously I REALLY don't want to bring in any kind of poison. What are my options? And if I do go with an exterminator, are there any companies that will do a family-safe, natural treatment? I would love to just get a cat, but our dog can't deal with other animals, and having two pets simply would not work. One of them would get hurt.
I really, really detest mice!