Stubborn Armenian Bathtub Bugs
For the last couple of months we've been finding these bizarre-looking inquisitive bugs in our bathtub and bathroom sink in the mornings. They have a prehistoric look to them, like the kind of insects you would find in the stone fossils they hand out to students to examine in eighth grade.
I would see one of these gliding about every so often, but never on a daily basis. Cockroaches were always greater in number, but strangely enough I haven't seen one on weeks. These guys are obviously drawn to the bathroom fixtures because of their attraction to humidity and they can't resist a hot morning shower apparently because at least one appears near the drain of the tub waiting for me.
They seem to be coming from the upper floors as I saw a few of them crawl in a chain on the bathroom ceiling last week, making their slow migration to the tub. On two occasions entire families were running around--microscopic babies, teenagers, even the grandparents. Some of them were hiding under the bathtub mat.
It's hard to get them moving under a steady jet from the shower hand nozzle. Once they suspect they're about to be washed away they use their ten legs as suction cups, deftly and defiantly adhering to the porcelain at any angle. Sometimes it takes a minute or two to set them on a new course of uncharted aquatic depths.
If anyone happens to know how these critters are called, please tell us in the comments section.