Can you help my Mum & Dad?
Nearly two weeks my folks woke up to this mess all over their kitchen floor. In case you are wondering it is a half eaten mandarin with scraps everywhere. They have a dog who is quite partial to the old mandarin but only if my mum takes the pips out for her. Add to that the fruit is keep on their kitchen bench and this is on the other side of the kitchen to where the fruit bowl is.
Mum is starting to freak out somewhat. I have been ever so helpful with suggestions like it is a possum, it is cockroaches, it is a rat, right up to it is a ghost and she needs to arrange for an exorcism. I have even suggested that it is my Uncle who lives nearby sneaking in at night to play mind games with her. Mum sleeps like a log and clearly isn’t hearing any noises at night. Dad’s hearing is failing him so without hearing aids in at night for sleeping he won’t hear a thing and quite clearly their dog is useless as far as a guard dog goes! If they pressed the doorbell on the way in the house however, she would bark her head off.
Here are Mum’s facebook updates all about the missing fruit:
16/6 What comes into your kitchen in the night and takes a mandarin from the fruit bowl and leaves a mess like this two nights in a row. The fruit bowl is on the kitchen bench. 17/6 I guess you all want to know did it happen again last night and YES is the answer exactly the same. going to set a trap tonight I am going to put flour on the side to see the footprints, any other thoughts welcome 18/6 What happened last night was we locked the door put mandarin outside and talc down to track the blitter – no foot prints to be seen only Missy* when we let her out during the night (or should I say when Dad let her out) but the fruit eaten. So I guess we are locking the door for a while till it finds another source of food
Edited with an update:
well here is the culprit – he was ko by the trap Dad took the picture and then went to get a plastic bag to put it in to put into the garbage and it had come too and run off. So we will try again tonight. Hence to say we slept with our door closed and Missy escaped outside into her kennel when all the commotion started. So we will try again tonight with a rat trap, any of you that think this is so funny could offer to come and help us, neither of us are good with this sort of thing!
Latest update! 9th July 2016
A couple of nights ago a midnight feast was had by the two legged variety at Mum & Dad’s. So the story goes they heard noises that woke them up, they couldn’t go back to sleep so thought they would get up and get a bowl of ice cream to help with the return to sleep! In the process get chocolate quik to sprinkle on the top and left evidence all over the bench to be discovered in the morning.
What we later found out was that when they got up (the 11yr twins!) they saw the rat! It was running around the kitchen and rather than wake any of the adults in the house one pushed the other into the walk in pantry to retrieve the quik (and put it back!) where the rat was hiding got their ice cream and headed back to bed. This meant that the rat then had free reign to the house. Dad thinks that possibly it ran into the pantry when it received the head injury and has been hiding out and recovering there ever since. Until the door was left open for it to make the great escape that is.
Somehow it got itself back into the roof space where Dad is certain it has been living. Hubby was woken to scratching noises overnight indicating the activity in the roof. So the trap and humane cage have been set and placed in the roof and we will see what tonight brings! I have to admit as much as I want it caught I do not want to hear a big snap during the night.
I now have visions of this rat crawling all over me in my sleep tonight! Dad tells me this will only happen if I have food in my room and I don’t have food as such I consider chocolate medication for my soul! It is unopened and hidden for now (so this actually means I am not sure where I have put it!)
I am praying that tomorrow’s update will be that it is gone!