Nice thinking, but unfortunately we don't have a fireplace or a chimney. We just use the mantlepiece as extra storage space, it came with the house, usually theres just a couple of dvds on there. We haven't seen house flies for quite a while either, its the wrong time of year now, I've seen one or two few tiny midge-type insects flying around recently but thats only in the past couple of days since the livingroom sighting. I've seen them in the livingroom and one in the bedroom.
Well what I mean by no chimney, is that it certainly doesn't open into any of our rooms. We live in a block of terraces, and theres a large bigger-than-chimney shaped enclosure in the middle of the wall in both of the livingroom and diningroom, and the mantlepiece is placed against the one in the livingroom, and a cabinet against the other one, but if you look behind either theres no visible hole or gap from a chimney. The mantlepiece is only built to accommodate an electric fire, not even a wood fire really as there would be nowhere for the smoke to go.
There is a small crack in the wall thats in the cabinet for the gas meter, but it would only lead to the next house if it went anywhere and it doesn't even appear to go that far, not far at all really, but I haven't looked into it too closely. I noticed it while looking for the black shape.
However, one could assume it might be a ball of dust or something instead of soot from under the sofa, blown away from me (somehow given the sofa would be in the way of most air from my direction) as I entered the livingroom and that still wouldn't really fit the description of what I saw.. I've never seen dust travel like that. Dust would be featureless, but I'm sure I would recognize what it looked like whereas this shape was more like a tiny black circular cloud.
If I assumed that it was something like dust that was blown away from me and also looked like this black shape. We'd still need explanations for the shape that I saw move a little bit out from under the mantlepiece, pause briefly and then back in (and I was sitting completely still when I saw that). Of course, you could say it was just a spider this time. I would agree, but it didn't look like a spider to me, and I was fairly close and I've seen enough spiders to be sure I can recognize one if I see it directly. What I saw was more like a black blob. Also my girlfriend said she'd seen the black shape moving across the floor and underneath the gas meter cabinet (theres a sizeable opening underneath the cabinet doors so you can see under there, but its all in the shadow) several times, as well as in and out from the mantlepiece like I did (after I saw it).
We have been cleaning the oven out lately. Its still dirty inside but we've cleaned the trays and the various bars and grills. My girlfriend is still somewhat afraid to clean the inside of the oven due to the black shape. She says the vacuum cleaner doesn't work. I dusted up in front of the sofa a while back and it looked a lot better but it soon became messy again. We have a bird in the livingroom that somehow seems to get his food chucked all the way across the room as well. I put paper down around his cage to get random bits he drops out.
How do you get rid of airborne fungus in the kitchen? Its always seemed to be there. Does that mean theres a mold colony or something we don't know about?
I don't like dirt or mess in the house, its not like we ever leave food out or anything. The house is fairly cluttered and seems to get that way after any tidy ups, it can be difficult finding places to put everything, and at the moment hoovering would be difficult as we'd have to move half the room around each time just to do it (or into another room).
I'm fairly sure it only took one or two days to make the mold in the coke glass as we only recently had coke in a glass, and we also recycle our glasses for use frequently, but I can't be 100% certain. I think there was also a glass of water by the windowsill, and water in the washing up bowl in the sink, and a pair of oranges in a pot that was right next to the glass, but none of these things seem to have any fungus on them at all. I turned the oranges all the way around, because when I saw them I thought they would be the most likely culprit because oranges often get a green fungus on them even when they are in the fridge, but they look fine.
Also, the other night I was sitting on the sofa and I started to hear a strange popping sound coming from underneath the short table in front of the tv and slightly to my right, which I ignored but the sound continued until it started to arouse my curiousity. The sofa is right next to the tv and table so the distance I thought I heard the sound from was about 1 metre. I'm not very good at describing sounds so popping might not be an accurate description. I've not heard that sound before, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was just a hidden insect or some furniture creaking, possibly the sofa I was sitting on but it didn't sound as if it was coming from underneath me. The sound was the sort of sound I would normally associate with a hidden household insect, not that I've heard sounds like that more than once or twice in my life.
I turned off the tv, and the sound continued, but when I got up to investigate the sound, it stopped, and when I sat back down, it didn't resume. It might've been just an insect and unrelated to the black shape but if it helps anyone come up with any theories that would explain both. Its the only strange sound I've heard though, none of the sightings of the black shape were accompanied by sound of any sort (other than gasps and so on, from us).
Anyway to recap:
The house doesn't have a chimney or fireplace.
It didn't look like dust or soot in any form I would recognize.
It also moved out, paused, and back in from under a man-made gap in the side of the mantlepiece, seen from approximately 1 metre away while I was motionless. The light was on (as always in the night sightings).
I think it only took one or two days to colonize the dregs of coke.
How do you get rid of airborne fungus in the kitchen?
Is there such a thing as an air-filter that sucks in air particles and spits out clean particles that would be of use? I've just thought of that, thats the sort of thing that would come in handy for us, we're not much up to regular manual cleaning as you can probably tell. How dangerous is airborne fungus anyway? It doesn't sound and has never seemed very healthy to me whenever I've observed fungus in the kitchen, but I always kinda assumed there was nothing I could do about it and that it was natural to get a bit of fungus in the kitchen at times.
I just "Wiki"ed this:
We might get one of these for the kitchen, if it will get rid of both fungus spores and traces of acrolein or other harmful gases, etc in the kitchen. I don't suppose anyone here has a recommendation based on expertise in a related area?