Where Bugs Tend To Hang Out The Most In Your House

November 14, 2017

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The estimated ratio of insects to humans is 200 million to one, which means there everywhere including our offices, cars, and homes. But where do these pest like to hang out in your home?  While the kitchen and bathroom sounds like heaven for bugs, entomologists looked at 50 homes in Raleigh, North Carolina and found the majority of bugs tend to hang out in the living room than anywhere else. Ground-floor living rooms with carpets and windows tended to have the most diverse bug populations, as the critters had easy access inside, lots of space to live in, and a fibrous floor habitat that could be either a cozy homestead or a death trap for bugs, depending on whether they got stuck in it. The higher the floor level, the less diverse the bug population was, a fact that could be attributed to the lack of doors and outside openings. Researchers also found that “resident behavior such as house tidiness, pesticide usage, and pet ownership showed no significant influence on arthropod community composition.” However the good news is the majority of bug found were harmless, and included ladybugs, silverfish, fruit flies, and book lice.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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