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The other morning I woke about 6am to an unfamiliar sound: rustling, coming from somewhere to the left of my bed. I lay there in the darkness, trying to figure out what it could be. It wasn’t the kids getting up. It wasn’t outside (the window is on the right).

Having caught a cockroach in my room about a month ago, I wondered if it might be some kind of animal intruder. I cautiously climbed out of bed and went and turned on the light, then sat still and listened. The rustling continued. Surely too noisy to be something in my clothes, yet seemingly coming from the dresser. I know cockroaches like paper but I don’t think there’s any paper in there.

It had to be something alive. I don’t know what. It’s not like there’d be wind rustling through the dresser.

Part of the back of the dresser is coming away from it, leaving a gap, certainly big enough for a roach or a rodent to get through. I couldn’t see anything behind the dresser, even with a torch. There might be a hole back there in the skirting board though.

After a minute the rustling stopped, and didn’t return. I still don’t know what it was, but assuming it wasn’t just an extremely vivid dream, if I hear it again, I’m going to spray some Baygon bug barrier stuff around the back of the dresser.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

8 replies on “Rustlers!”

Sounds like mice or rats – I had a lot of rustling in the ceiling of my last flat, which turned out to mice/rats running around while I was trying to sleep.

I had the same thing happen one night when I was living in a flat in Abbotsford. I’m afraid Daniel, it turned out to be a huge cockroach, the biggest I had ever seen! It was over 2 inches long! Normally I never had a cockroach problem in that flat, but at the time the tenants next door were less than hygenic, and I had cockroaches the whole time they were there. Grrr!

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