Mama Diaries

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Banana Muncher Part 2

If you recall, there is a thief in my apartment. One that likes bananas. Whenever I leave bananas on the counter, said thief chews the peel off and devours the fruit. I wondered if the thief was a mouse, a roach, or a lizard.

I went with the mouse assumption. The activity I heard going on in the wall also supported this conclusion.  Ready to do battle, I armed myself with an assortment of mouse traps. I wanted to be humane and catch and release the little bugger far from my pad so it wouldn't bother me or my bananas ever again. I put in the peanut butter and set the traps everywhere, figuring the smell of peanut butter would be too much for the little critter to resist.  I safely hid the bananas in the refrigerator while this operation was in place.

For at least 2 weeks, I waited. Nothing. Not even a sound in the wall. Maybe the creature invaded another, more well-stocked apartment. I decided to bring out my bananas because I was tired of dealing with browning, cold bananas. Yellow, room-temperature ones are much better. I left out all the traps, just in case.

Guess what? The very first night, the banana thief struck again. And the traps which were around the bananas were untouched. What the heck? So, ladies and gentlemen, I am either dealing with a very street-smart mouse who doesn't like Jif creamy peanut butter and only eats bananas, or I'm dealing with a rat who's too big for the traps. Or maybe a mini-monkey or other such alien.

What do you think? Should I get rat traps and put bananas in them?



Before I go, I'd like to let you know that I am a guest on the IWSG anthology blog talking about my short story, Ghosts of Pompeii, which is part of the Voyagers anthology which is coming out in May. If you'd like to read the story behind the story, go here.   


22 comments:

  1. Already visited the IWSG Anthologies blog!
    I'd say put bananas in the traps and see what happens.

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  2. Put some laxatives into the bananas and problem solved.

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  3. Seems you have very educated mice who may have seen mouse traps before. Hope you catch the "Bannana Thief" Have a good Wednesday.

    Yvonne.

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  4. Hi, Sherry!

    I think you are dealing with Ten Zany Mice! :) Seriously, I don't know what to make of your dilemma. Apparently the critter or critters are picky eaters and don't like the peanut butter you put out for them. I suppose the only way to proceed is to place hunks of banana in the traps. May I assume you are keeping Schultz clear of those traps so that he doesn't go after a treat and get his nose injured?

    I visited the other site and read with interest the story behind the story Ghosts of Pompeii.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Sherry!

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  5. A camera, you need a hidden camera. Who knows you may even catch footage of the alien ... for I'm sure that is what is behind the mystery.

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  6. I think such a smart being deserves their dedicated bananas, offered on their very own dish. Maybe they'd pay you back by washing the dishes. Just sayin' ;)

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  7. Sounds like you've got a tricky critter on your hands!

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  8. Yikes. I'd be down with a nanny cam at this point. Then you'd know what critter you're dealing with.

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  9. I hope you figure it out! Intriguing....

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  10. Now that is puzzling. I'd go with the bananas in the traps to see what happens.

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  11. Bananas in the trap! Congratulations on your upcoming publication.

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  12. Yes, maybe try the banana in the traps. I have some larger animal like a raccoon that is digging in a flower bed to crawl into a space under my front door. He only comes about once a month. I'm trying to block everywhere he can get with stones and concrete bricks. We will win against the critters!

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  13. I love your tenacity with this banana trap! So excited for you about the anthology. (Loved your story. <3)

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  14. Maybe you need to stick the bananas in the traps. Or bigger traps. Or both.

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  15. I'm with everyone else on the 'bananas on the trap'. I'm really curious to see what your thief is, since our mice would never touch bananas.

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  16. With our many medieval churches, Sherry, you are spoilt for choice, so many of them contain a variety of carvings of the Green Man.

    Carole.

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  17. I've never heard of rodents going after bananas, but I suppose they want anything they can reach. Maybe you can get the humane traps and put pieces of banana in them.

    Love,
    Janie

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  18. make me exciting of your story....

    # Congratulation for your new publication

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  19. Maybe put banana pieces in the traps... The criminal definitely likes bananas. Good luck!
    ~Jess

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