Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:40
They don't bother me but most animals don't. Don't leave bird food or feeders out overnight - only put out what will be eaten during the day. All rodents will scrounge around for food lying on the ground so just be vigilant with cleaning any areas close to the house and don't leave anything out to encourage them in any way. If you're rural at all you can't really avoid getting mice now and again. If you're not, it may be that a neighbour somewhere is less than hygienic - worth checking out.
I had one ( a mouse - not a neighbour ) which made a nest in my garage at a previous house. He'd found a bit of polystyrene which he scraped out and put some leaves in it for his little bed. He came out now and again for a scout round the bird table but I made sure there was never anything left on the ground to encourage them. We lived beside fields and woodland so we were always going to get one indoors occasionally but it was rare, and only in the coldest winters.