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Jane10 Sun 23-Dec-18 11:18:24

I know its most peculiar but I thought I'd ask if I'm being daft. The problem is re a folding bed. We bought it a few years ago from Argos. We keep it in a downstairs store room. Its very cold there. It was last used in July when DGS came to stay. We put it up in the bedroom next to my bed. So far so good. However, in the middle of the night we were disturbed by a constant chirping noise. It was very high pitched and repetitive. We both listened to it and checked thoroughly that DGS wasnt somehow causing the noise eg by squeaking the springs. He absolutely wasn't. We somehow fell asleep again and life went on. The bed was folded away and put down in the store room again.
On Friday DGS came to stay again and the same thing happened!! As he fell asleep it started up again. Even when we lifted him out and put him in my bed the chirping went on. It seemed to come from 3 different locations in the mattress. Are we mad? Could it be hatching cicada larvae or similar? DGS's body temp raising the temp enough? Its a horrible thought. DH checked where the mattress was made and it was China.
Its such a mystery. The folding bed is so handy but not if we can't use it due to the sounds it emits!
Any thoughts?

travelsafar Sun 23-Dec-18 11:23:56

Fumigate it just to be sure or put it out side on a very very cold and frosty morning!!!

Jane10 Sun 23-Dec-18 11:27:25

I just want to bin it but DH doesn't want to waste the money!!

MissAdventure Sun 23-Dec-18 11:43:42

I think mice make a particular noise.
I can't remember the name of it, but I think its them grinding their teeth!
(I know, it sounds ridiculous even to me)
I'm off to Google in a minute to find out if I've made this up in my own head!

MissAdventure Sun 23-Dec-18 11:47:43

Its called bruxing..

Luckygirl Sun 23-Dec-18 11:49:09

A nest of wee mice??

MissAdventure Sun 23-Dec-18 11:52:58

They squeak too.. in between bruxing.

Elrel Sun 23-Dec-18 12:01:04

'Bruxing' - a new word to me!
I hate waste but think I'd take the mattress to the tip.

kittylester Sun 23-Dec-18 12:04:32

Bruxism is tooth grinding! In humans it would be recommended that they have a mouthguard fitted. Teeeny ones for mice?

MissAdventure Sun 23-Dec-18 12:06:58

I found out quite a lot about mice when I had some in my flat.
I could hear them squeaking, which everyone thought was hilarious, considering how deaf I am, and the one in my bedroom would brux; meaning he was content, apparently!

Jane10 Sun 23-Dec-18 12:09:20

I like mice. We have a huge cat! The mattress that the sounds emit from is foam and there's a cotton cover over it. If it was mice that would be very noticeable but doesn't tie in with the noise and no noticeable bulges in the mattress.

annodomini Sun 23-Dec-18 12:09:46

I'm a 'bruxist' and my teeth don't make a high pitched noise when I'm asleep, as far as I know.

MissAdventure Sun 23-Dec-18 12:11:47

Well, that's the limit of my pest knowledge.
I wonder what's in there?
I would have my Stanley blade out by now..

J52 Sun 23-Dec-18 12:15:38

Could it be the expanding springs in bed, taken from a cold place into a warm one?

BlueBelle Sun 23-Dec-18 12:17:15

Now let’s be practical if it happened in July and then again at Christmas it can’t be baby mice they d be long gone it also can’t be any insects really as most wouldn’t be living that long to be chirruping six months later If there’s a cotton cover can’t you undo the stitching at one get the foam out and have a good look, leave it out in the cold frost for a couple of days wash the cover then put it back on and sew it up Nothing wasted and problem at least solved to the end that there are no insects in it
I d think it’s more likely to do with weight on the springs

EllanVannin Sun 23-Dec-18 12:22:02

Musical springs.
Are there air outlets on the sides of the mattress ?

Jane10 Sun 23-Dec-18 12:48:03

DH is an engineer. He tested the springs in every possible way so we had to discount that possibility.
Dr Google informs me that some larvae can lie inert for years then spring to life when the right temperature is reached. Yuk yuk yuk. Its for the bin!

MissAdventure Sun 23-Dec-18 13:03:56

Aren't you going to open it up first?
Consider it like an early Christmas present..

BlueBelle Sun 23-Dec-18 13:09:50

Oh no don’t bin it without checking larvae if they come to life in July aren’t going to go back to larvae state then come to life again in December are they? and do larvae chirrup?

MissAdventure Sun 23-Dec-18 13:20:17

Do they brux, with their little larvae teeth?

fiorentina51 Sun 23-Dec-18 13:23:10

I'd have to open it up and have a look. Let us know what in there if you do! 🙄🐀🐦🐜🕷

Baggs Sun 23-Dec-18 13:23:44

You have to open up the mattress, jane10! We need to know what's in there!

Baggs Sun 23-Dec-18 13:24:27

Haha! x posts, fiorentina!

Jane10 Sun 23-Dec-18 14:02:31

I can't face it. What if 'they' fall out and set up home in our carpets. I'm paranoid about this now. I wish I'd recorded the sounds. Apparently the sound isade by rubbing their legs together to make a noise to attract mates. shockNooooooooooooo!

Baggs Sun 23-Dec-18 14:07:12

Do it outside!