Many of us use humane mousetraps to keep the small critters out of our house, without having to lead them to a painful death. Humane traps work great: They capture mice without killing them so they can be released far away from the house with the lift of a hinge. But to make these traps work effectively, do one more thing: Wear gloves. When you place the humane traps around the house, the natural oils from your hands can leave a strong scent that will deter mice from entering. By wearing gloves, you don't leave your scent behind. Be sure to check the traps regularly. If you go away for a few days, deactivate the traps so the mice don't starve or try to chew their way out of them.