Just imagine for a second. It is late at night, you have just got into bed and you hear scratching sounds in your attic. Could it be mice or rats? It is too late to go up and investigate further. Your first thought is probably ‘Will the mice or rats get into my bed?’ It is the first thing I thought when I was in this position. If you are like me, you need to know how to keep mice out of your bed!
Can mice get into your bed?
The simple answer is, and you are not going to like this, yes mice can get into your bed.
Take a few seconds to calm down.
Mice are extremely efficient climbers so there are not many places that a mouse cannot reach if it really wants to.
The bed frame is likely to be wood, which can be climbed easily. Not only that, the bedsheets may be dropped to the floor, giving mice a ladder up.
The good news is, they are not likely to get into your bed, especially if they sense that you are there. Mice want to keep away from contact with humans because we are big and scary (at least, most of us are).
One reason that may push mice to climb onto your bed is food. If the mice can smell food, it may give them added incentive to risk human contact, climb your bed and steal the food.
Now that you know that mice can climb onto your bed, is there anything that you can do to stop it happening?
Things you can do to keep mice out of your bed
Remove temptation – clean up any food
I mentioned above that one of the biggest reasons that mice will want to climb onto your bed is for food.
When I say food, I mean little crumbs of food. Most people will not have vast amounts of food in their beds, and if they do they are asking for trouble!
Even having a snack in bed can leave crumbs in and around the bed area. These crumbs will attract mice, which is certainly not what you want to do.
The answer is simple; Either stop eating in bed or ensure you clear up the mess when you do. You need to shake the bed linen and vacuum the area after you have finished.
Blocking access for mice is extremely difficult! They only need a very small hole to enter your bedroom, and covering every possible entrance will be a challenge.
I simply blocked off all of the obvious entrances to make it more difficult for mice to find their way in.
This included blocking the bottom of the bedroom door and blocking exits from all cupboards.
Get your cat to sleep in your bed
There is one thing that mice fear above all, a cat. Not only is a cat much bigger than a mouse, but they also possess the abilities needed to catch mice! Cats are quick, patient and have extraordinary reactions.
If you have a cat, simply set up a bed for it in your room.
Cats are a perfect weapon in your fight to rid your house of mice or rats, and having a cat sitting on the foot of your bed or on the floor will put a huge obstacle in between the mice and your bed.
Not only will they scare any mice away, if there are any mice in your room at night, but your cat will also wake you up attempting to catch it! Sure, it will be a sudden wake-up call for you but at least you know you have a ‘mouse alarm’.
Set some effective mouse traps
If mice are common in your area (as they are in most areas) then you may already have mouse traps at your disposal.
Not only will the mice be attracted to the bait more than your bed, but the quick snap will also ensure you wake up in the event that a mouse has been caught.
It goes without saying, keep the mouse traps away from the area that you will be walking in. If you need to get up and use the toilet, you know what might happen! Surely I do not have to explain…..
Keep your bedroom clean
It is not only food substances that you need to get rid of in your room. While removing food is the best thing you can do to stop mice from getting into your bedroom, it is not all they are after.
If you have not cleaned your room, you risk attracting mice. Think about it, what do you have in your room that mice will be interested in?
- Toilet tissue
All of these things attract mice because these items can be used to make bedding. Reduce the attraction by ensuring these things are cleared away. Do not have piles of clothes on the floor. In fact, keep the entire floor space completely clear and free from any junk.
Frequently Asked Questions
- There is a mouse in my room, is it safe to sleep?
You can, but I would not. If there was a mouse in my room, there is no doubt that I would struggle to go to sleep! However, if you do not have any option, rest assured that the mouse is unlikely (not impossible) to pay you a visit on the bed (although they can get on your bed). Do not let any of the bedsheets drape from your bed to the floor. Remember that mice can spread some nasty diseases.
- Do mice crawl on you at night?
Unfortunately, it is possible, albeit very unlikely. The only reason a mouse would be brave enough to venture on your bed while you are in it is that you have some food on the bed. If there is no food on your bed, there is no reason for the mouse to risk it.
- There is a mouse in my room, is it safe to sleep?
Mice are scared of loud noises and are not keen on bright lights. Make as much noise as you can. It is more important that you find out how the mouse is getting into your room. If you have a cat, release it in your room!
Obviously, you are here because you have mice and want to know how to keep them out of your bed as you sleep.
I do not blame you, I was the same when I first heard mice in the attic!
Having mice in your house will freak you out but it is very common. Usually, mice will want to stay away from humans and will only explore your house as you sleep. Keep in mind that mice are only interested in:
Your house offers all 3 of these things, but you need to be aware of them so you can use them to your advantage.
Remove easy access to food. Reduce places that mice can hide in your house. If mice see little food and little protection, they will not stick around. If you have a cat, the mice will know and will reduce the possibility of infestation.
You may have small children, so you will also need to replicate the steps above to ensure their room is just as safe from mice invasion. It is one thing being afraid of mice getting into your bed, but I was more worried about mice getting into my son’s bed!
The tips above will help you avoid being woken up by a mouse chewing on your feet, but I am sure you are still concerned so I will leave you with this question:
If you were a mouse, would you climb onto something that has a human on?
Sleep tight, and don’t let the mice bite.