NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — So you probably know about the cockroaches. But they are just getting the party started for the 100 types of bugs that are your roommates.
A new study out today (January 19) looks at the diversity of arthropods who also call your home “home”. And there are other big words like morphospecies. Don’t know which is scarier, the bugs or their scientific names and such.
Bottom line, you’re probably living with a bunch of Diptera, Araneae, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Formicidae, and other insects. What? Not familiar with any of those? Well, they’re flies, spiders, beetles, ants, wasps, lice, cockroaches, moths, silverfish, grasshoppers, ticks, millipedes, and other tiny members of your usually hidden extended family.
The survey looked at the “fauna of the indoor biome” (great, more fancy words) of 50 homes in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. The study goes on to say that the bugs have evolved along with humans since our days of cribbing in caves. And not only have the bugs used our homes, they use our bodies as a source of food and shelter.
And the bugs aren’t picky. They’re just as happy in a starter home as a mansion. The age of the house didn’t matter either. The homes in the study varied in size from 840 to 4,833 square feet and in age from seven to 94 years old.