Is A Mouse In Your Bedroom Costing You Precious Sleep at Night?

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Has your sanctuary been infiltrated by a disgusting, disease-carrying enemy? Have you recently been awakened from a deep and cozy slumber to the horrifying sounds of chewing, squeaking, and scratching in your bedroom? Finding mouse droppings – or even worse, a mouse! – in your bed can be traumatizing, but fortunately there are several solutions you can use to eradicate this nuisance from your sleeping quarters. If you’re losing sleep because you’re convinced that if you close your eyes, you’ll feel the tell-tale sensation of grubby little feet and nasty little whiskers running across your face, keep reading to learn all about what to do if this waking nightmare ever happens to you.

I Have a Mouse in My Bedroom: What Can I do?

If you find a mouse in your bedroom, your first move should be to plot its demise!

You need to do everything in your power to get rid of this mouse before it becomes an infestation. Two mice can quickly turn into dozens of mice if left unchecked, so you need to take every precaution to protect yourself and your family. To learn how to scare mice away, click here.

If you find a mouse in your bedroom, follow these steps to eliminate it immediately:

  1. Find out where the mouse is getting in and seal the gaps. Since they have angled collarbones and flexible ribs, mice don’t require much space to sneak into your home – just 1/4 of inch space is more than enough for them to get in. For more information on how mice get into house, click here.
    Mouse in gap
  2. Make your bedroom inhospitable to mice. Mice typically to avoid people at all costs, so for them to venture into your bedroom, it means that they found something that was more alluring than staying away. If you normally eat in bed, stop – the crumbs will attract unwanted mice.
  3. Destroy any mouse nests in your bedroom. Do so carefully with heavy duty gloves to avoid coming in contact with infectious, waste-borne diseases. By destroying their nests, you’ll make it less likely that they’ll return.
  4. Set out traps to capture the remaining mice that are lingering in your bedroom. You have choices on several different types of traps that you can use. If you want something final, consider snap traps or glue traps. Click here for information on a more humane way to get rid of mice.

What If I Found Mouse Droppings in My Bed?

Finding mouse droppings in your bed is one of the most alarming things you could ever encounter in your own home.Mice feces It means that a mouse has determined that the place you lay your head at night to sleep is nothing more than a toilet to this repulsive rodent.

If you find mouse feces in your bed, resist the urge to grab a bucket of gasoline and a match. As tempting as it is to take your linens outside and burn them, that would be overkill.

Here’s how to identify the droppings to verify that they came from a mouse:

  • Size: A mouse dropping is 1/4 inch in length.
  • Color: Mouse droppings are typically black.
  • Shape: Mouse droppings are sausage-shaped.
  • Quantity: A single mouse can drop 40-100 pieces of poop daily.

Rodent Droppings

Rodent Droppings

To learn more about the various differences between rats vs mice, other than their droppings, click here.

Unfortunately, if you find mouse droppings in your bed, then you need to completely sanitize your bedroom to make it safe to ever go back in there.

Mice droppings and urine carry an extremely rare but deadly disease called hantavirus.

Symptoms of this virus show up within 1-8 weeks after exposure and include:

  • Fever,
  • Chills,
  • Muscle Aches (in large muscle groups like thighs, hips, back, and shoulders),
  • Headaches,
  • Stomach Pain,
  • Sensation of Suffocation (as lungs fill with fluid),
  • Shortness of Breath.
Scary Fact
There is no known cure for hantavirus, which makes avoiding exposure to it especially essential. Hantavirus does not discriminate or target just the elderly or infirm – everyone is equally at risk, and 38% of people who contract it will die.

So now that you’re properly terrified after finding droppings, what can you actually do to keep yourself and your family safe?

Never touch a mouse with your bare hands. Even dead mice can be vectors for deadly diseases. Always use heavy-duty, puncture-proof gloves when handling and disposing of mice.

Dead mouse

  1. Immediately open your windows and doors. You’ll need to ventilate the room to get rid of any lingering disease-carrying particulates that may be suspended in the air.
  2. Respirator and glovesPut on an P-100/OSHA-Certified respirator and heavy-duty rubber gloves. You cannot risk breathing or touching any mouse residue.
  3. Gather up your belongings to be cleaned. All clothes and linens will need to be washed in hot water and soap.
  4. Create a solution of bleach and water (1.5 cups of bleach and spray down all surfaces with it. Let it soak in for a minimum of five to ten minutes.Bleach and water
  5. Do not sweep or vacuum. It can cause particulates to become airborne and increase your risk of inhaling them.
  6. Thoroughly clean every surface with disposable towels. If possible, take items outside to be cleaned. Ultraviolet light (from the sun) kills hantavirus.
  7. When you are done cleaning, dispose of cleaning materials into puncture-proof bags and set them out for disposal. Disinfect your gloves before removing them to prevent making yourself fall ill.
  8. Thoroughly clean yourself up afterward, using soap and hot water. Throw your clothes in the wash and put on fresh clothes after your shower.

If you carefully follow each of these steps, your bedroom should become habitable once again.

Do Mice Crawl on Sleeping People?

If you ever plan on sleeping ever again, do not read the following sentence: yes, mice will absolutely crawl on sleeping people.

If you have found evidence of mice in your bedroom, it’s a very good likelihood that a mouse has already run across you while you were sleeping. And, if it’s happened once, it can very well happen again.

Fortunately, mice aren’t likely to linger if they’re running across your bed. They’re most likely trying to get from Point A to Point B, and across the bed is the quickest route.

Rats are more likely to try to bite you as you sleep, so even if a mouse did dart across you, you’re at low risk of getting nipped. To learn more about do mice bite and your risk of getting bitten by one, click here.

If you’re looking for an easy way to avoid mice in your bed, consider this foolproof solution:

Mice are petrified of cats and will avoid them at costs. Just the smell of a cat is a strong deterrent to a mouse. For more information on the best cats for catching mice, click here.

Cats in bed

If you found a mouse in your bed, it’s entirely human to feel a shudder of revulsion creep down your back. As humans, we’re born with an innate aversion to things that can be harmful to us. Sure, they’re tiny, but they pack a lot of disease into their mangy little bodies.

Here are some of the diseases that mice can carry:

  • Hantavirus: Spread by deer mice, you catch this virus from breathing in rodent urine or droppings.
  • Leptospirosis: You catch this one by coming in contact with the urine from an infected mouse.
  • Rat Bite Fever: Not just limited to rats, this mouse-borne disease is frighteningly easy to catch by bite or scratch from an infected rodent.
  • Salmonellosis: This disease is transmitted by water contaminated from mouse urine and droppings.
  • Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM): Carried by the house mouse, you catch it by coming in contact with their droppings or urine.
  • Bubonic Plague: This nasty disease comes from the fleas that are on mice.

Leptospira info

Can Mice Climb into My Bed?

Mice are excellent jumpers. With a good head start, they can bound onto your bed and scurry the rest of the distance up. Your bed, therefore, is no challenge to a mouse.

Mice can leap one foot straight up into the air.

If you’re looking for more information on whether or not can mice climb, click here.

If a mouse can ascend a brick wall, what’s going to stop it from scrambling into your bed?

Can Mice Carry Bed Bugs?

Bedbugs are tiny, red, blood-sucking insects.

Not only found in your bed, you can also encounter them in your:

  • Electrical boxes,
  • Baseboards,
  • Carpeting,
  • Couches and chairs,
  • Behind picture frames,
  • In curtains.

While they do occasionally feed upon mice, they typically fall off once they’re done eating (typically within five minutes). To learn about if fleas fall off mice after feeding or do mice carry fleas long term, click here.

Bed bugs are more likely to come in on:

  • Luggage (from hotels),
  • Backpacks,
  • Thrift-Store Purchases,
  • Secondhand Furniture,
  • Used Mattresses.

Bed bugs

Click here for more information about bed bugs.

What Can You Do if You Have Mice Living in Your Couch?

Not everyone is in the financial position to get brand new furniture if they have a mouse infestation in it, but it’s understandable if you want to throw your couch away if you do find a mouse in it!

The signs of mouse infestation in your couch include:

  • Finding a nest inside it.
  • Chew marks on the cushions and upholstery.
  • Sounds of scratching and chewing.
  • Squeaks coming from within the couch.
  • Actually seeing a mouse peering out at you.

Vacuuming your couchIf you’re not willing or able to part with your couch, you will have to call a professional to clean it and sanitize it. Many professionals will come directly to your home to help ensure proper cleansing of your furniture.

Please do not ignore this problem simply because you’re worried about the expense; while couch upholstery cleaning is fairly affordable compared to buying a brand new couch, there is no price tag that can be put on the health and safety of your family.

Neglecting this issue makes the risk of catching a disease and endangering your household too high.

Are Mice Scared of People?

Mice are naturally cautious around all potential predators.

Some of the more common predators of mice include:

  • Birds of prey (owls and hawks, for example),
  • Cats,
  • Dogs,
  • Skunks,
  • Snakes.

If you asked a mouse, humans would be firmly on that list!

While some cultures do actually consider mice a delicacy, most people certainly would be repulsed at the thought of eating one of them. However, since we do use traps to capture mice, that makes us a sworn enemy to these vile rodents. Their fear of us evenly matches our distaste for them.

Ways to Keep Mice Away from Your Bed

Getting a good night’s sleep is of the utmost importance, and you won’t rest until you know that you and your family are safe from mice.

You may not want to use snap traps or poison (you can find the best mice poison here) where you or your kids sleep, so consider using natural alternatives to repel mice.

Mice hate strong, astringent odors. Keep these items near your bed and the mice are sure to stay away!

Infographic: Natural Mice Repellents

Finding a mouse in your bedroom can be devastating. You may feel violated, disgusted, and unsafe in your own home.

By reclaiming control of your domicile, you can regain that sense of security that was lost when you first found evidence of a rodent in your sleeping quarters. Taking precautions to keep them from getting into your room and thoroughly cleaning the room once they’re gone, you can terminate them for good and prevent them from ever coming back.

You can find further details of Mice Control here.

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  1. Dryer sheets have not worked. Pest control put down glue traps. Have not worked. I have bougt other kind (box) Have not worked.

    HELP>
    My apartment is clean. They came thru the heater so can not block.

  2. Help my house is cluttered a bit ,,,no amount of cleaning has ever helped me,,,, i have lived here for over 40 years It has always been very clean, now it is slightly cluttered but 3 yrs ago i purchased 2 brand new mattress sets then the problem started to get worse i went from 1 mouse to many of them i find them in my couch,,,,under beds on box springs & on bed sheets,,, in closets everyplace no food left out ever , even in my bird cage,,nothing helps ,, have ultra sonic devices in outlets put out peppermint oil ,,, cleaned from top to bottom,,,cannot find nest chew marks every place dog food stored in tins everything else not chewed not in cabinets,,,have no cats,,,, just a dog & a bird clean & vaccum yet they still are here,,,, have out glue traps, snap traps & bait boxes all rooms ,,, now what???

  3. Well I think it’s time for a exterminator, i got one in my room right this very minute just sitting at the end of my bed just chillen and he watches me while I watch TV in my living room, when we try to kill him or her it gets away and come right back,

  4. Ok, I hate mice and rats, they give me the scares, like ive already caught two this month and i think there another two. I hate Thinking while im sleeping that ill die of an infection or be bitten or something. Is there anything cheap that mice hate that i can place around my bed that can get rid of mice easily?

  5. I hate mices I rates I could ni ever live in house or flat I rather sleep on street I would

  6. A mouse came on my bed and scared me. I woke when it touched my nose. I told the landlord and he said he called an exterminator or would get traps for me. I won’t handle mouse traps that snap. Nothing was done for a week when I gave up and started researching traps. I found a Victor Smart-Kill™ Wi-Fi Electronic Mouse Trap. I set it up with peanut butter as bait and within 3 days had electrocuted 10 mice. I cringe to remember that I have coffee cups that have a lid. I had neglected to slide the lid closed and had gone outside for a moment. I came back and took a sip of my coffee and something touched my mouth. I took off the lid and found a drowned mouse. I almost threw up. Home Depot sells this trap and many others but I’m sure there are other companies that have them too.

  7. Yes, other places to find electronic mouse traps. Amazon is also one.

  8. To make the other comment shorter, I almost always see and feel them on my face, head, bed, or blankets and they’re so loud in the middle of the night. And I can’t sleep on the couch because it’s infested. Also they devour all of my dog’s food (It’s about 35 oz of food in her bowl) in about 3 hours or so. Truly disgusting

  9. If you keep a certain type of poison in your home that dehydrates mice, make sure to keep ALL SAFE TO DRINK LIQUIDS away from them. If mice have access to it, the poison won’t be as effective.

  10. It’s almost Winter and they’re coming back. I don’t just hear light gnawing and stuff like that, they literally tip things over and screech terrifyingly loud. I see them on my (low) bed and on my body and once I even found them eating something on my head while I was trying to sleep. I hope the answer to this is no or “very rare,” but can they crawl into my mouth and possibly stay there?

  11. Mice and rats are nocturnal. They usually scavenge at night. Unless you have dozens of them. The babies can have babies at 5 weeks of age! They have litters of 7 to 14 babies You definitely have to pick up/ put away the dog food and water every night when you go to bed. They can’t survive without water. Rats can jump 3 feet high and 4 feet horizontally! Twist or knot your trash bag closed every night even if it has a lid or is in a cupboard

  12. I think I might have that hantavirus thing they were talking about, but I’m unsure

  13. What symptoms are you getting?

  14. I was bitten on the finger in middle of the night and have caught 40 in the kitchen with glue traps

  15. Oh my god. There is a mouse under my bed right now. It’s 2:47 am and I cannot sleep. The mouse is making noise like it’s scratching something. I managed to place a glue trap near the door of my bedroom. I cannot sleep because it tried to climb my bed and as it did I made some noise to drive it off. What do I do?! My eyes are hurting and I want to go to sleep but at the same time, this article said to not go to sleep. I also had some trouble breathing and had to take deep breaths. I honestly don’t think it’s the hentai disease but still this mouse is driving me crazy. Please someone help!

  16. Have been waiting for a few hours for the mouse to get stuck on the trap. No success at the moment. Should I just turn off the lights and go to sleep covering myself with my blanket hoping for the best? I think I just might do that. Good night folks.

  17. I have mice getting in my bed at night. I think they are coming through the air conditioner in the window. I put a trash bag over air conditionet outside and taped it up, but they still keep getting in. I had mouse traps everywhere in my room but I cant catch them. I even put the zip up covers over my matress and box springs but they keep getting in my bed. I hear them come in at night but cant see how they are getting in. I am at my wits end I cant sleep at night, I even had Corkeys Pest control come and they set up traps but I cant catch them.We have a big dog but he gets frustrated he knows there are mice in the house he just wants to go outside and sleep.I dont know what else to do.Someone please help me. I even got one of those things you plug in and they are suppose to scare mice away but that did not work either. I have peppermint diffuser going all the time but that does not work either.

    • That doesn’t sound good, but you did get through it. This made me feel better about my situation because I thought I just saw a creature run into my closet, at least it’s not under my bed. Could’ve just been my imagination too, but I’m still thinking of taking an all nighter.

  18. I put pepper mint oil on a tissue and stuffed it inside a mouse hole in my room , they was basically scrunched up tiny balls and this little furball pushed them all out after three days. Looks like its time for me to be the annoying neighbour and spam peppermint oil balls in his home.

  19. Dear Lord I’m in a non-stop giggle episode after reading all the comments. I saw a mouse tonight in my daughter’s room. So what did I do? Stayed up all night making sure it didn’t get on either of them in their sleep. I’m getting a cat today. Happy Sunday everyone!

  20. I heard a little rustling noise coming from my trash bin and thought nothing of it. It carried on so I decided to look inside. A little grey mouse jumped out at me and ran under my bed. I set up a trap for the mouse and im going to sleep. Wish me luck

  21. Bleach is the best, I mix it with water and spray it on the corners of the walls and on the ground in the corners. I just leave it there and let it dry. I spray it under my bed on the wooden floor and go out and let it dry. Bleach is more stronger than peppermint oil and kills any of the scent they try to leave which attracts others. Mice and rats don’t like getting bleach on their feet because it makes them ill and burns their skin, so they keep way. This is the best way to get a good night’s sleep. If you do it every 3 to 2 days, they learn to keep way from the areas and eventually stay away for good.

    • Why don’t you place steel wool in that mouse hole and then reinforce with foam afterwards?

  22. I have metal bed legs will the mouse crawl on it and get to me? I have had multiple mice in and out of my rooms for years and have not had a problem of them crawling in my bed. I am a hypochondriac with a fear of animals, if a mouse crawls into my bed i could literally have a heart attack. I think the mouse has a nest in my old drawer, it is wooden and in front of my bed but not connected to it.

  23. im absolutely terrified and convinced there is a mouse in my room but its 4am and no one is awake so I have to sleep. wish me luck

  24. I saw a mouse leave some interesting gifts in my leftover food that I didn’t finished last night. Now whilst I am doing my homework I saw a mouse on my night stand haveing the time of its life by running and I have left my bedroom. I had a feeling there was mouses. Preying that I don’t get any diseases wish you all luck whom ever is reading this going to make a stop at my Wallmart later on. Sweet dream if possible!!

  25. My house has always been a magnet for mice it was always clean & spotless yet we still had mice, i have a pet bird they are bothering him at night, i have tried everything nothing is working they are in my drop ceilings they are in every room ,, drop ceilings & mice pest control does no good they think i am nuts what do i do to protect my bird & myself, i have glue traps, snap traps & poison bait out, i can not get a cat, i have a dog

  26. Its 5 AM and I keep hearing mice or rats in my apartment walls. I’m really tired but I have a huge fear of them climbing up to me, I have work and I can’t sleep. I’m very sure I saw it moving around my room. I’m putting covers over my head hoping it makes them think I’m not a predator to bite me? I dont know. Wish me luck

  27. Came up after a weekend away to activity. Thought it was a stowaway in laundry. Set a bunch of traps and didn’t sleep in the bedroom for a day and caught one which led me to think that was that . Until 2 nights later ( tonight ) I am woken up to the sound of a snap . FML I just want to have a non paranoid sleep

  28. Last night a mouse came into my room! Just a little guy, but a big problem to my boyfriend and I. I was staring at the vent on my floor because unfamiliar noises kept creeping from within. I look closer and would you believe it, a MOUSE COMES CRAWLING OUT. EEEEEEK!!! oh God it was a nightmare. 4 am, work in a few hours, tiny mouse hiding. We eventually scared it and I watched it run out from under my bedroom door.. safe for now, but not for long.

  29. I just can’t believe you people living in the States in such horrible conditions. Move to Canada or Mexico!

  30. Woke up yo a mouse in my bed I eat snacks in my bed will not be doing that again. Got four traps w/peanut butter and a Decon mouse bait peppermint oil all around my bed sleeping with the lights on tonight

    • move to Canada? Are you kidding? Toronto is a rodent infested trash bin.

  31. These mine Are bare annoying. I want to sleep but i can’t. One dirty creatures.

  32. I had been hearing scratching and scurrying for about 2 days and eventually saw a mouse in my hallway by the bathroom. I scared it away leaving the bathroom but when I went to my room to sleep I heard the noise again and I saw it run out of my room. Never felt it on my bed just running around the parameter of my room. I got glue traps and set them out and got him less than an hour later. 2 days passed no sightings of an additional mouse. Until last night I heard it in the corner of my room behind some boxes eating something (which I was confused about because I never eat in my room) once a gain I saw it leave and for some reason bypass the trap I had set for it. Thinking it was gone and I’d get good sleep now I closed my door and lined the bottom of my door with a bed sheet. Then I hear scratching again and it’s another one in my room !! Idk if it was the same one that came back or if I’m dealing with two. But I’m about to go crazy, I can’t breath normally and always feel myself almost about to have a panic attack when I see one. So I’ve decided that I can’t sleep in my room or the house at all. We have decon bait stations and glue traps out about 7 of them and still nothing! I’m terrified of mouse can someone tell me what to do to eliminate them now so I can get a good nights rest without fear of one getting on me or something else disgusting happening

  33. Wow, hardly impartial was it. Or fact based most of the time. Still, it was entertaining I suppose

  34. I.m embarrassed..it started 7 months ago ..my son and his girlfriend said it was a raccoon..for 7 months ..I don’t know how many days I went without sleep..No one listens when you have mental illness ..my son his girlfriend my grandson LIVE here..I’m in attached garage ..awful ..any way my son was telling my mom nothing was here ..mental hospital .it’s been awful ..that I was like I’m looking it ..finally my payee my mom had last control come ..he walked through here 10 minutes set 18 bait stations …3 days later felt bite .jumped 2 recliner felt bite ..it felt good to call pest control supervisor was coming next day ..no .mom called them and all cancelled for 2 weeks ..well that it was bigger than mouse ..called mom she said call pest control tell them..well wed.they are to be here ..i have more bites..the worst part is mom said pest control said had a few mice no rats what I showed him wasn’t rats …so I’m waiting till in morning …them rats LIVE here…

  35. I was sleeping in my bed and heard a disgusting squeak coming from my closet. When I finally turned on my bed side lamp I saw it running behind a basket of my clothes!!! It’s now 8:00 am and i haven’t slept all night. I don’t know where it is and I’m out of traps. Lord please help me. I have zoom class in an hour and i don’t wanna stay in my room, but if i leave what if more mice come?? I’ve sprayed strong perfume all over my room but I doubt it’ll do anything. My room is a mess so I don’t know why I’m surprised, it’s just terrifying.

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