September 30th, 2006
Rustlings in the Night
Our apartment has developed a slightly strange slightly freaky noise at night, it’s not actually in our apartment (well there is the rattle every time we walk by the storage room but that’s another issue), this one is outside. Of course just to add to the creepiness factor is that it only does it at night when we’re sitting out side having a smoke we can hear rustling. This seams to be new problem this fall or rather it’s never been to this extent because we’ve heard similar noised before but never this consistently. It basically sounds like dry leaves being rustled about so we’ve narrowed it down to a couple of possibilities. The first one is that it’s mice running around just outside our balcony, now this sounds like a good theory except for the fact that we’re never able to actually see them mainly because we only hear the noise at night. It’s definitely not loud enough to be a skunk or a raccoon and I’m pretty sure that spiders wouldn’t make that much noise. Not to mention that if it were big spiders we’d be seeing them on our balcony as well as hearing them. Now sometimes it sounds like it does when it’s just starting to rain which leads us to think it’s water related but it’s never raining when we hear it so that theory is out. Our latest theory is that it’s a combination of the dry leaves and condensation or or some sort of ground cooling that only happens at night. One thing that does support this theory is that we’ve never had this many dry leaves beside our balcony because the previous resident managers used to rake the leaves every fall and they’ve been gone for a while now so the dry leaves have built up. On a side note the dry leaves have become and nice early warning system for skunks and raccoons making their way past our apartment so that’s why we now that’s not the problem. Every once in a while we bring the flashlight out with us and shine it around to see if we can see anything moving and we haven’t come across anything yet which is why we go back and forth debating on what’s causing the noise. Any ideas or suggestions would be welcome, any ideas on whether or not dry leaves make that much noise on their own or if mice are nocturnal and that sneaky as to avoid all flashlight beams. Until then we’ll keep trying to figure it out (and keeping our fingers crossed that it’s not mice).