They make finger friendly snap traps now. You press one end and it engages the other end. They work great. Peanut butter and pieces of pet food, crackers or cheese works good. A trick you can use is it bait the trap but don't set it. Get the mice used to it being a food source, then set it after a few days. I have also used sticky traps, and believe me you do not want to try to get it off of your doggie's face. :roll: I have had to use sticky traps, snap traps together. There is also a bait that you can get that will dehydrate them and kill them but they don't stink if they get inside your walls and die.
I use the Ortho spray to and it works great. I used an exterminator for over a year and still had ants and mice. Since I fired them and started doing the Ortho things have been much better.
You are not going to believe this but one non toxic way to get rid of ants is to use aspartame, as in Sweet N Low! Sprinkle it wherever you see ants, it will take a day or so but they will be gone. They take it back to the nest and it kills them and since it is sweet they just love it! I keep some pet food in a rubbermaid container and get ants in it from time to time, not wanting to throw out all the pet food, I sprinkle sweet n low in it and within a week the ants are gone.
If you sprinkle cayenne pepper around your doorways or where the ants are coming in, they will not cross the line. Liguid dish soap does the same thing. Try it, it is quite amazing to observe.
I know it bothers some people to kill things but after having to throw away hundreds of dollars in food, clothes, linens, etc. It is WAR! If they come into my house they are goners