Can Mice Climb Walls?

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Are you facing a mice infestation? Are you hearing mice in your walls, in your attic, or scurrying around at night? Mice are dastardly little creatures, and if you’re dealing with them in any capacity you might be afraid of their range as they search for food. These clever rodents will do whatever it takes to find nutrients and nesting materials.

Can Mice Climb Walls?

Mice, those furry unwanted intruders, can climb vertical surfaces such as walls and stairs, especially if those surfaces are rough enough to offer purchase. When you hear mice scurrying in your attic, basement, or walls, they are using their claws and feet to scale surfaces with agility. 

They can climb carpet even easier, though might struggle with any slick surface that has a lip, such as wooden stairs. Still, they will typically find some route along the baseboards, or seek to shimmy between surfaces as if they’re conquering a mouse triathlon.

If a mouse wants to climb your wall, it can be difficult to stop them. Mice can get in your house via many types of surfaces.

How Do Mice Climb Walls and Other Surfaces?

Nearly all rodents can climb well because they have hands, feet, and tails specially designed for horizontal vertical leaps. They have little claws that let them find easy grip on difficult surfaces, and their digital phalanges are sharp, allowing them to grip, land, and climb. 

Mice also have special textured pads on their hands and feet (similar to cats or dogs) that give them increased friction and grip, allowing them to scurry and stop with minor inconvenience. Mice are built to scale impressive environments, and can walk across a variety of surfaces—including across cables, wires, ropes, branches, or uneven terrain. Some mice can fall several feet without injury, and they’re not afraid of climbing whatsoever.

Can Mice Climb Concrete Walls?

Concrete surfaces are covered with uneven grips caused by the air bubbles and little rocks that settle when it hardens. This makes concrete easy for mice to climb, and that goes for uneven wood finishing, stucco, and painted siding. They can easily climb vertical concrete surfaces, which makes basements and attics appealing destinations.

Can Mice Climb Wood Walls?

As we’ve discussed, mice are unparalleled climbers and jumpers that look at our modern surfaces as if they’re a rodent Everest with a moderate challenge. Mice can easily climb many of the features throughout our homes, and wood affords a fairly simple entrance. 

Wood is soft enough that they can grip it with their claws and pads, even if it’s finished or polished. While smooth vertical surfaces do make it more of a challenge for them, sometimes there are other platforms or obstacles nearby that will give them the boost they need. 

Can Mice Climb Brick Walls?

Similar to concrete, brick is resplendent in little crannies and uneven surface construction that makes for ideal mice climbing conditions. Since mice can use their sharp phalanges to scale any rough surface, brick is perfect for them. 

The exterior of many homes have exposed brickwork, whether it’s chimneys or siding or the base of homes and garages. Brick is even easier for mice to climb than brick. To stop mice from climbing up the side of brickwork, homeowners might pave over the exposed brick with smoother finishing material, or put up a different kind of siding that covers the brick. Even still, smooth siding isn’t often enough to deter a determined mouse. The average mouse can jump up to a foot vertically, and can use their speed and friction pads to scale angled surfaces.

Can Mice Climb Stairs?

Stairs are designed for climbing, and while mice might be small they are in no way intimidated by the mountainous feat. They won’t climb stairs the way you will, but the uneven terrain, purchases, and scaling of stairs means they will figure out their way up. Mice can shimmy up the “face” of each stair, climb across the stairwell, and use the hand railing to get where they want to go. If you attempt to make your stairs “slippery” for the mice, you might endanger yourself or your family. Whether the stairs are indoors or outdoors, mice will find their way up.

Can Mice Climb Beds and Other Furniture?

Yes, mice can climb into your bed at any time of the day. Skilled climbers as they are, they can leap up onto the side of any furniture and use their claws to dig into the soft material and pull their way up. Overhanging blankets, sheets, or pillows make perfect entrances for mice to squirm their way into your warm bed. They’re sneaky creatures, but you should see plenty of evidence of mice stealing your comforts. Bad odors, mice droppings, shredded materials and small bits of food are all signs that mice have found their way into your bed.

Which Surfaces Can Mice NOT Climb?

The best way to prevent mice from climbing around your home is to have glass surfaces. Glass is completely climb-proof for small rodents, as it is both slick and lacking any sort of grip or unevenness. Because glass is smooth and hard, mice cannot vertically climb it using their claws or digits, and if the glass surface is above their jumping range they are simply out of luck.


Mice are natural climbers, and it can be frustrating and exhausting to face an infestation because there’s only one of you and potentially dozens or hundreds of them. Fortunately your friends at Hama Pest Control know how to deal with these unwanted invaders. With several decades of experience dealing with every type of rodent and pest infestation throughout Toronto, we can get the mice out and keep them out! Prevention is the best way to keep mice out of your home.

Jake Garza
Jake Garza
Jake is the founder of Hama Pest Control, the preferred choice for pest removal and extermination in the Greater Toronto Area. With over thirty years of experience, Jake prides himself in bringing quality, knowledge, and care to Hama Pest Control's customers.
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