More Quirkiness: Shower Bugs

Ok – I mentioned in my first post about quirks that houses have quirks too.

I’ve noticed a new one in the past few weeks. We have shower bugs. I’ve never seen anything like them – they are teeny-tiny flying creatures with pretty rounded wings (rather than oblong buggy wings) – they’re very fragile looking, and if a bug COULD be pretty (which they obviously can’t be), they might just qualify as pretty.

The only place I’ve ever seen them is in our Master Bathroom shower. There will be one or two in there when I go to take a shower. They don’t really fly around and therefore don’t freak me out, they just hang out on the shower wall or near the drain. And, since they’re nearly pretty and not freaking me out, I don’t usually go to the trouble to end their life. After all, I’m trying to get clean, not get buggy-gut-goo on my hands. Although, I guess if you’re gonna kill a bug, might as well be when you’re near a faucet to get cleaned up. Anyway.

When we got home from vacation on Sunday, I was the first to go take a shower, and there were about six in there, all hovering around the drain. It makes me wonder if they somehow live in the drain. . . but at any rate, seeing so many of them on Sunday, and only seeing them in the shower really solidified that they are, in fact, shower bugs. Obviously, since they were higher in number than one or two, I DID try to drown them. Which wouldn’t do much good if they do live in the drain. Oh well.

I just happened to think about them tonight, and so I asked Chris, “have you noticed our shower bugs?”, and he looked at me surprised and said “yes! In fact, I HAVE noticed our shower bugs!! I’ve never seen anything like them!”

I just thought that you would like to know that we have shower bugs.

Editor’s Note: Here is the sequel to this post.

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  1. I know what you’re talking about! I first noticed them when I was a teenager. There was always one cute little bug hanging out in the shower with me. I assumed it was the same bug (although it probably wasn’t) so I named it and we became buddies. I was quite upset the day I accidentally drowned him/her.

    I’ve seen them since here and there, but rarely. Not often enough to bond with another one. I miss my shower bug/buddy.

    Do you have a stand-alone shower, or a tub/shower combo? Just wondering if that has anything to do with their proliferation or not…

  2. Mrs. Butler says:

    that’s so strange because when I lived in the dorm at Samford, we totally had shower bugs, but oddly enough they were absolutely nothing like your shower bugs…except that I had never and still to this day have never seen other bugs like them!

  3. Rachel Callahan says:

    I had no idea that shower bugs were a “normal” occurance!! Who knew?
    It’s a tub/shower combo, Jennifer, and if you want to come “Catch” yourself a new buddy or two or three, come on over!! :D

  4. A tub/shower combo – interesting. It was a tub/shower combo at my old house when I had my bug buddy. But now, we have a stand-alone shower, and I rarely see them. I don’t see how it could have anything to do with it, but it is an interesting coincidence.

    Thanks for the offer, but I’ll pass. I don’t think just any old shower bug could fill the place in my heart left by my late bug buddy.

    (ok, I know it’s lame to admit this, but I am cracking myself up!)

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