A team of experts swept 50 homes in North Carolina, in search for bugs. The biological study took place a few years ago and found that wealthy homes have a greater diversity of bugs.
It was the premiere such research to be performed in a home environment. Scientists looked at every possible creature, no matter how small, present in every nook and cranny. In the end, they did a sort of census of creatures inside our homes. What they found was a great deal of diversity.
Each home contained from 32 to 211 species, belonging to 24 to 129 families. Most of these animals are not pests. Very little is known about them, only keen biologists know the entire information on these creatures. We cannot see them with the naked eye all the time, so we barely feel they’re there.
This doesn’t mean we live in unclean homes or that we’re being invaded. The truth is we’ve been living with these small animals for hundreds of years and the situation remains unchanged.
Another finding was that most of these animals were not pests like cockroaches or bed bugs. Instead, they’re benign species that co-exist with us.
And another myth goes bust: the poorest areas have fewer bugs and less diversity in creatures, while the middle class and wealthy neighborhoods report the widest range of arthropods (the scientific name of smaller bugs).
This is because rich neighborhoods have larger homes and richer lawns, with more plantlife. In short, the more money you have, the more bugs are in your home. To date, there is no entirely credible explanation.
One explanation could be that an upscale neighborhood is a greener, and rich people are likely to plant more trees and shrubs. And that’s the way bug communities find their shelter in your home.
Another explanation is that upscale neighborhoods tend to look alike, which is ideal for animals needing a bigger habitat.
In some poorer areas, there is a lot of diversity and less conformity of the yards, but apparently, it turns biological richness away. And that goes for lizards, bats, and birds as well.
Some of these bugs are actually beneficial. Dust mites, for example feed on viruses, bacteria and fungi present on your feet, in the dust , on your face, or in your home.
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