Our homes are crawling with insects and other arthropods
A survey of ordinary homes finds more than 500 species of creepy-crawlies
Dr. Matt Bertone, an entomologist at North Carolina State University, and his colleagues, scoured fifty ordinary homes to collect all the arthropods they contained and get a picture of what critters live with us.
They found an astounding 10,000 creatures, representing more than 500 species. Some of the animals were clearly lost - and belonged outside. There were relatively few pest species, and many unobtrusive and benign critters with whom we peacefully co-habit.