If you live in America, we have some bad news for you: at least 30 species of bugs are living in your home. If you think that 30 species of bugs is more than you can handle, think that there are houses in the United States where even hundreds bug species can be found.
For many years, entomologists have claimed that it is almost impossible to have a bug free home, but these are not the numbers anyone has been expecting. For the research, 400 participants volunteered to have their homes searched for bugs, after a public call has been made. The researchers searched for bugs in 50 homes in the North Carolina and discovered that out of the 554 rooms examined, less than 1% were bug free.
Even though many people volunteered their homes, the researchers made sure to pick the most varied homes, from new to very old, from small to big. They research was limited to the visible surfaces on the ceilings, shelves, baseboards and behind the furniture. According to one of the researchers, most people were very shocked, as they expected a few bugs to be found, not hundreds of them. More than 10,000 bug species were identified during the research. On an average, more than 90 bug species lived in each home.
98% of the homes included in the study contained booklice that can be found in books and wallpaper. The booklice are extremely tiny insects that are harmless so don’t worry. The issue is that all of the homes had ants, beetles, spiders and ants. According to the co-author of the research, Michelle Trautwein, most of these bugs are harmless and they don’t have much of an impact on our lives. Also, most of the bugs found were air plankton, meaning that they entered the home by accident and after they were trapped, they died. Many gall midges were found in the homes, even though they don’t have anything to feed on, except they are outside. Also, they can only be seen with a microscope, as they are only 2 mm long. So most of the bugs discovered are very small and you wouldn’t be able to see them even if you were looking specifically for them, they are also harmless and they most probably are there by accident. That means that most of them are already dead or are going to be, because of dehydration, starvation or because of the spiders’ cobwebs.
If the reports of the study made you very suspicious of your home and your uninvited permanent guests, find out that there is no need to worry. No bed bugs or brown recluse spiders were found. Also, only a few fleas were discovered.
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