You share your home with hundreds of tiny bugs, study suggests

You share your home with hundreds of tiny bugs, study suggests

Many people think that they know their homes quite much but they might be mistaken. Every home has some hidden spots that you don't look at very closely every day. A latest study suggested that these nooks and crannies is a habitat to a vast range of small squatters that have somehow discovered their way in from outside, and in larger numbers than one could expect.

However, you don't need to panic as they really don't wish to bug you. North Carolina State University's Entomologists carried out an investigation seeking just how many different arthropods, including spiders, insects and other invertebrates having segmented bodies and jointed legs, likely share homes with people.

There are some arthropod species such as termites, bedbugs and roaches that are known to live beside humans, and a search for these living spaces, usually brings a measure of discomfort and inconvenience to the hosts.

So far no other study had ever tallied just how many varieties of nonpest arthropods make their way to houses, often accidently, and then simply settle in. It's likely that there are more of them than anybody would thing, and are quite a diverse group.

To conduct the study, the researchers visited and sampled homes within a 30-mile radius of Raleigh, North Carolina. They gathered any living or dead arthropod discovered in attics, bedrooms, basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and common spaces.

The researchers found that every home could serve as the host to hundreds of arthropod species. The average tally per home was about 100 species, which represented 62 arthropod families.

Many of the discovered species were apparently familiar to most people. Spiders, flies, beetles, wasps and ants were the most frequently seen and collected species, making up nearly 73% of all of the arthropods recognized in the survey. The common indoor visitors included gall midges, tiny flies, which measured about 0.04 inches long and were present in all the investigated homes.