A sleeping woman was woken by a sharp jab of pain and found she was being eaten by a mouse.
She looked down in horror to find blood gushing from her thumb, then saw a mouse scurrying out of her bed and into the corner of the bedroom.
Sara* said: “I woke suddenly and could clearly feel teeth biting my thumb. It was very shocking. There was a centimetre-long cut near my finger nail, and a lot of blood.
“It took a while to understand what had been happening, but then I realised that a mouse had been eating me. It was terrifying to think such a thing could happen.”
Sara, a Swiss national, had been alone in bed at the time. The next day, she went with her partner, Julian*, to hospital to have a precautionary medical check.
“The staff at the hospital were very sympathetic, but didn’t believe me, at first, when I told them that a mouse had been trying to eat me,” said Sara. ”They hadn’t come across such a thing before.
“They cleaned the injury and gave me a tetanus injection, then I could go home.”
For Sara, a marketing consultant, the shock of the incident had a psychological impact which stayed longer with her than the physical mark made by mouse teeth.
She became anxious about sleeping by herself in the flat in Lambeth, South London, something had to do when Julian, a professional artist, was away on business.
“I didn’t feel safe sleeping in the flat by myself,” she said. “I really wanted the mice to be gone.”
Sara and Julian’s landlord tried setting traps. The couple did not want mouse poison put down because they have a pet dog. They also tried to block holes and cracks they could find to prevent mice from getting in.
Desperate for help
But none of their attempts to stop the mice worked. Sara was desperately keen to find a solution.
She carried out extensive research into how best to permanently get rid of mice, and considered SUPERPROOF to be the best solution.
Their landlord, and the owner of the flat below them, where the tenants had also been suffering badly with mice, agreed to pay for SUPERPROOF to mouse proof both properties.
Julian said: “The SUPERPROOF service made a lot of sense to us. The person who came to survey the properties clearly knew what he was doing, which gave us confidence. Then, when the SUPERPROOF technician came, he was very professional and worked very hard.
“Since the work has been done, we have not seen any more mice. Having the certified one-year guarantee is a great help, both for us, and for the landlords, who knew their money would not be wasted, and we have a long-term solution.”
Sara had been so upset by the mice infestation she had thought they might have to leave the flat. Now the mouse proofing carried out by SUPERPROOF has changed all that.
She said: “For the first time, I could sleep at night, certainly if I was by myself, with confidence. It was a very good feeling.”
SUPERPROOF expert analyis: no holes in Sara’s story
Mice are best known, in common culture, for being partial to a slice of Swiss cheese. But Swiss human flesh?
SUPERPROOF Technical Director Gulliver Hill said it was very rare to hear of a mouse trying to eat a human, especially when they were still alive.
He said: “House mice have evolved to be omnivorous, because they live off our food. They will eat meat, as well as any other foods that have high nutritional value.
“They usually shy away from human contact. In this case, the mouse’s behaviour could be for two reasons, both linked with a serious mouse infestation.
“If mice feel there are no threats in their environment, they can become quite bold. There have been cases of mice taking food from the corners of the mouths of pensioners as they sleep in a chair.”
Also, mice populations can grow rapidly to the point where there’s not enough food to go around, especially in a home, like Sara and Julian’s, which is kept very clean and tidy.
Gulliver Hill added: “In those situations, hungry mice may take more risks to get food. Especially, in this case where the flat is quieter, with both Julian and their pet dog out of the property.
“It must have been quite traumatic for Sara. In that situation, the best solution is to prevent mice from getting into the living space, so they cannot access their food source.
“They then either have to move elsewhere, or the population dies out. That’s precisely what SUPERPROOF’s advanced mouse proofing system is designed to do.
“We’re very pleased to have been able to put in place the protection Sara needed to allow her to get on with her life, without feeling any fear.”
*Our customers were happy to tell their story, but did not want to be identified. So, Sara and Julian are not their real names.”