Humane way to repel mice (or big mouse trap)

I suspect I have a problem with mice and don't want to kill them. Any suggestions on how to repel them?
I've tried two different types of humane trap but neither caught a mouse.
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On 19/11/2016 17:50, James Harris wrote:

As for why I only suspect there is a problem, and am not certain, is that (1) I have seen what appeared to be droppings (matched against pictures on the internet), (2) I've twice caught a fleeting glimpse in the half-light of something which could have been a mouse - a fast mouse!, and (3) I occasionally hear suspect noises. It makes me itch just to think about it. :-(
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On 19/11/2016 17:50, James Harris wrote:

I meant to add that the traps were quite small. I baited them with peanut butter, peanuts, chocolate, cheese etc - but with no success. I suspect the mice weren't prepared to squeeze themselves into the small space that the shop-bought traps provided.
A better option may be a home-made trap.
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On 19/11/2016 17:55, James Harris wrote:

It's a mouse and it's a pest. Just kill it.
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On 19/11/2016 18:44, ARW wrote:

Before you end up with dozens, inside your cavity walls, ceiling voids and loft, dining on your electrical cables and roofing felt.
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On Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:50:43 +0000, James Harris

Rentokil have some tips on deterring mice http://tinyurl.com/j9hu2jr
They also do a very effective humane trap http://tinyurl.com/jrlcafj http://tinyurl.com/gtksngn and scroll down to Live Capture Mouse Trap. But some words of advice: while they do work, and well, you must check them at least once a day, preferably twice. I had one set up in an empty property that was showing evidence of mice, and on one occasion for various reasons I wasn't able to get to the trap for several days. The poor little chap had died in the trap, soaked in his own urine. A nasty death that I would have preferred to avoid. I've never used that trap since, preferring the traditional spring-loaded instant skull crusher / spine snapper. At least the mice don't suffer.
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Chris Hogg wrote:

Had one sneaking about in the kitchen many years ago and put a snapper thing down. Found it dead with it's hand/paw in the trap. Heart attack I suspect. I did not feel too very proud of myself.
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wrote:

Suffer for a much shorter time, anyway.
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On Saturday, 19 November 2016 17:50:46 UTC, James Harris wrote:

The humane way is to kill them quickly.
If you don't want to trap them, get a hungry cat.
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Cats don’t kill them quickly even when hungry.
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Rod Speed wrote:

Yes. Cats like to torture them. I hate cats.
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A cat torturing a mouse is a wonderful thing to watch.
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On Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:38:04 -0000, Mr Pounder Esquire wrote:

them.
The Rentokill tippy square tube live capture trap works but the little buggers can get out and note about checking frequently. But what do you do with live mouse in trap? Do you have a mouse cage to put it and any others you catch? You *never* have A mouse. Then what do you do with it? Releasing vermin is illegal, though the law is not well defined. If you just take it out into your garden it'll probably be back inside before you are. We live capture and used to release 100 m away down the in-bye, then we caught a mouse with a nick in one of it's ears, we caught it again the next night and the next. After that we took to deporting them up onto the fell a good few miles from any habitation, they don't come back from there. I doubt many people have a spot that is > three miles from *any* habitation less than 5 miles away. B-)

Cat, for the last 7 years or so we had a cat and no mice (apart from the ones she brought in and ate). A few months ago she lost an argument with a car and now the weather has got colder the mice have returned...

This is the best option for most people. Mice are destructive little buggers that leak piss all the time. They leak piss to leave a sent trail for other mice, or themselves, to follow.

An over fed town cat might, our cat was a feral born farm cat who adopted us. About 80% of anything she brought in was dead, 19%, so badly hurt it could run and was was very soon dead. 1% alive enough to run but cat was very patient and would catch and dispatch the moment it re-showed itself. She might bat the corpse about a few times but was far more interested in a snack.
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Never heard of that before. You're supposed to take them to the nearest woods. Although letting them slowly die in the trap is more satisfying.

Machete.

I have a video of one of mine juggling with a mouse. Quite amusing.

Mine don't want to eat the mice. They give them to me as presents and probably think I convert them into cat food. Why would they want to have to remove the fur?
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On Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:54:39 -0000, James Wilkinson Sword wrote:

Suggest you google.

A real cat eats pretty much the whole thing, fur, feathers, bones, entrails the lot. That's what our cat did with whatever she caught from baby rabbits to shrews via birds, voles, moles, mice and stoats(!). I say pretty much as she never ate any of the shrews she caught (apparently they don't taste nice), bird legs not worth the effort and as she got older she got fussy and would leave tend to leave the stomachs of any voles.
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On 20/11/16 00:39, Dave Liquorice wrote:

Stomachs and skulls left behind usually.
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I've never found a skull, but I have found tail and arse. Perhaps that end tastes bad.
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Funny how everyone using humane traps releases them. You are not adding vermin, you are moving them, this cannot be illegal.

Mine are lazy.
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Dave Liquorice wrote:

It works. http://www.halfords.com/motoring/engine-oils-fluids/antifreeze
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On 19/11/16 23:44, Mr Pounder Esquire wrote:

That's nice, dear...
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