Yet another mysterious mason jar update…

It’s been about a week since I last updated you on our little intruder (well we think he’s little, we still don’t know what it is!) so I thought it was high time you got to know the latest. I’m sure you’re dying to know if he’s still making an appearance, right?

Following my trip to the leasing office and the request of some glue traps (that I was very unsure about, did I really want this creature captured and staring at me the following morning?) guess what the maintenance men did…yep, absolutely nothing. The glue traps never appeared. There was a slight sense of relief until I got home last night, over a week later, to find a box on the kitchen table that looks a little bit like this:

Eeeeek...

Eeeeek…

Apparently they’re peanut butter scented. Imagine that! Thankfully though a part is missing so they’re not in action just yet. Phew! I know what you’re all thinking though – is the critter still pinching the chocolates?

Well, after the flour stayed on our fireplace for about a week, we decided it was high time we cleaned it up. So we did and moved the mason jar back to its rightful place on the coffee table. Guess what, yep, it started mysteriously falling over in the middle of the night again. So yes, this thing was STILL making an appearance.

We decided to take matters into our own hands last weekend and set up some new flour traps in an attempt to pinpoint just where the critter was coming from. Cue the flour trap setting German:

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We’d already ruled out the cupboard where the water heater is so opted for the laundry closet and the door to the spare bedroom:

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This scared my big bro a little bit, he’s coming to visit with the sister-in-law this weekend and that’s where they’ll be sleeping. We have to rule out every possibility!

We went to bed on Sunday, the following morning the flour was untouched and the jar still standing. We went to bed on Monday, the following morning the flour was untouched and the jar still standing. I went to bed on Tuesday, the German was working away which left me scared to get up on Wednesday but when I did, you guessed it, the flour was untouched and the jar still standing.

This means our little friend hasn’t made an appearance for 3 nights now. I’d like to think he’s disappeared never to be seen again but I get the feeling he might show up again, probably when we least expect it. I think the critter’s stayed away for a few nights before so we’ll see how long it lasts this time.

Hopefully we won’t have to use those glue traps…

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Another mysterious mason jar update.

It’s still here.

Whatever it is that is sneaking into our apartment at night and eating our chocolates is still here and still pinching our chocolates. This I do not like.

Last week the German turned the house upside down looking for potential holes (well he told me that, I wasn’t actually here but I did get a couple of pictures where the sofa was in a different place!), the maintenance men came in, also checked for holes and put some bait down in potential hideaway places. The German attempted to film the said intruder but, that night it never showed up. Once the maintenance men had been in the little critter didn’t make an appearance for a couple of days…sorted we thought.

I landed back in Atlanta on Friday, woke up on Saturday morning and saw this:

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Yes, our little friend was back. Just look at those claw prints! How very dare it? The German had left another flour trap near to the heating cupboard after both he and the maintenance men thought that’s where whatever it is could be getting in but that flour wasn’t touched, ruling it out completely.

The following night we left a chocolate out of the jar and by morning it had disappeared again. The next couple of nights it returned so, once again, the German set up his iPad to record it and got up twice in the night to stop and start it again, each time he got up he returned with the words ‘it’s not been,’ blatantly this thing does not like it when you leave a light on! It’s a clever little thing that’s for sure.

So, I made a trip to the leasing office a couple of days ago and talked to them again. Their idea this time – to have the maintenance men put glue traps in the house. Sounds good right? The critter will be captured! But, a glue trap means when it is captured it will be there, looking at me when I get up in the morning. ARGH! I’m not sure I like that idea but at the same time I want this thing out of the house, especially when the German is working away next week and I’m on my own.

Two days later though and the glue traps haven’t showed up, despite me asking nicely for them to do it pretty quickly – would they want a critter stopping by every night?

This morning we got up and yep, you guessed it, the jar had once again been knocked over…the mystery continues.