There Could Be 500 Kinds of Bugs in Your House Right Now

There Could Be 500 Kinds of Bugs in Your House Right Now

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Tara Bellucci
Jan 20, 2016
(Image credit: Matt Bertone)

Don't look now, but your home could be harboring hundreds of kinds of bugs right now. Researchers surveyed a selection of freestanding homes, and they found some serious bug biodiversity among them.

Entomologists from North Carolina State University looked at 50 homes in Raleigh, and collected 10,000 specimens of arthropods (spiders, ants, beetles, and the like), living and dead, representing a conservative estimate of 579 species. There was anywhere between 32 and 211 species in each home.

Another fun fact? Out of 550 rooms, only five were found to be totally bug-free.

The researchers say that vast majority are harmless—only a few homes had commons pests like fleas and termites.

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