These are all the bugs that live in your house, according to science
Anthropods (commonly know as "bugs") have lived alongside humans since we first started making our homes in caves. In a recent study from North Carolina State University, researchers helpfully calculated the number of arthropods found in residential dwellings. The study covers all the stuff of nightmares including, flies, wasps, cockroaches, ticks, and, of course, spiders. The graph below shows the proportion of creepy-crawlies found in each house.
You may want to believe that your home is free of bugs, but you probably have a spider studying you right now with eight little eyes. The study observed that individual homes have many more species of bugs than commonly recognized. Here are the most common bugs that are living rent-free in your house:
- Spiders (Araneae) found in every (100%) home studied.
- Ants (Formicidae) found in every (100%) home studied.
- Lice (Psocodea) found in 98% of homes studied.
- Mosquitoes (Culicidae) found in 82% of homes studied.
- Cockroaches (Blattodea) found in 80% homes studied.
Bugs were found in every room on every level of the houses included in the research. So sleep well and don't let the bed bugs bite.