Thanks for all the commentary folks! No hungry ones today but I thought they were gone before. The bait bits sat for a week untouched then suddenly they emptied out. Many times I have just relocated bullsnakes that I have found at work or even off the road,and that always helps. No chickens here so it's not a concern having a bullsnake hanging around. A couple years ago the lady that lives to the east had what we thought were 5 or 6 wild cats living under her trailer but she decided that it was time to live-trap them and take them to the county shelter. It was a huge suprise that she managed to trap 23 cats in a matter of days. The signs of mice in the back yard have been steadily increasing since but fortunately, none in the shop or the house yet. I'm just trying to control what is possible before they move in elsewhere.
Yeah the normal old mousetrap is great, and back in the 80's we even got two at a time in one trap a couple times. I leave for work well before sunup and don't get home until after dark, so it is an effort to not have to maintain them daily. I agree that it could be considered inhumane but has anyone ever used one of those glue traps? Now there is some lingering torchor (sp) and maybe not death. When we got our brand new double wide in 2006 almost right away we noticed mouse droppings under the kitchen sink. We got some of the glue traps and put under there, then I forgot about as fast as they were put in. Our daughters house cat started acting strange in the kitchen for several days then I remembered the traps. We were just moving in and so much going on. Couple were dead but a couple were still alive with their snouts stuck in the glue, no telling how long, up to 3 or 4 days at best estimate.
The part that really sucked was I had to finish them off. Much as I hate mice, that kinda bugged me. No more of them traps around here. We determined they had taken residence in the sub-floor in Minnesota where the house was built.