I have a mouse hole and the mice that it brought. Traps outside caught two so far, but I still hear mouse activity in the room inside this wall.

I am trying to understand the next steps.

(A) wait X days until traps don't catch more?

(B) put poison in the hole

(C) patch the hole up, whatever mice are inside will die.

Am I missing something? What would be the best approach?

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Patch up the hole to stop more mice from getting in.

Put traps (or a cat - personally, I'd prefer traps) in the house to catch the ones that are there.

So long as they can find food (and mice are really good at finding food), it's likely that the ones that are already inside will reproduce, thus rendering the "wait until they all die" option somewhat ineffective. Of course, if you happen to have all males or all females inside, that combination cannot reproduce, but it's probably not worth taking the chance.

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    You would not know the gender and would be rude to ask or assume. Mice are always to be called them or they. One can’t be too careful here.
    – Kris
    Nov 10, 2020 at 20:24

I would make sure the population that knows about the hole is dead and then patch it. Mice are very smart and will teach their "friends" or offspring the maze to get to the peanut butter. You must kill them all.

I would start with poison and glue traps. Break down the pellets into small pieces and leave by the hole. I have found adding chocolate or peanut to them HUGELY increases consumption. I have only found this true for mice.

They will get caught in the glue traps going in and out. Most mice will not stay in your house but will only go in for food and water. If you do fear they are staying, then frequent the room next to the hole and turn on all of the lights all of the time. They will leave.

Once you go 4-5 days with nothing in a glue trap cover the hole. I would fill it with a rough steel wool (they hate it) and then cover it with whatever - that is another question.

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    Glue traps are unspeakably cruel. I don’t know if you’ve ever been forced into a stress position for a long time, but it quickly becomes agony. Imagine having to endure it until you dehydrate to death. Nov 11, 2020 at 3:46
  • @Harper-ReinstateMonica - yea maybe but highly highly effective compared to other traps. Also you cannot bait this area due to it being outside. Glue traps right on the hole or you are possibly being really cruel to a lot of OTHER animals.
    – DMoore
    Nov 11, 2020 at 4:12
  • Well, yes. I wasn't really happy to hear a squirrel argue with the mouse trap. Nov 11, 2020 at 15:59

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