Same for the 1800s house that I grew up in…well, it has a field stone basement, the rest is balloon framed.
With the exception of glue traps, we have tried pretty much everything out there (cats, ultrasonic, poison, bait traps, diy water bucket type “traps”).
Besides mice, we have had several other types of unwanted guests: pigeons in the rafters; occasional bats in the attic; raccoons coming in from the chimney; rats from a grain storage place across the street; Asian ladybugs that take over the front door; bees that decided to form a hive in a wall; and a family of weasels that nested in the attic over one winter…they left come spring time by marching single-file down the stairs and then out the front door.
As you can probably guess, the house had been vacant and in disrepair when originally purchased. There were a lot of entrance points for wildlife. While those are some of our more memorable pests, mice are a constant battle; it never truly ends!