Rich Homes Are Rich In Insects Too

Posted: Aug 4 2016, 5:51am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Rich Homes are Rich in Insects Too
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  • Rich Homes Have More Bugs

It has been found that rich households have a variety of insects in them.

Bugs, roaches and ants in the home environment are the companions of human beings for better or for worse. They have come to the fore as a topic of interest after centuries of neglect.

Our homes support a plethora of these little critters in every nook and cranny. Now though, researchers are looking at the socioeconomic status of people and the bugs that their homes harbor.

A team of experts studied fifty homes that belonged to well-off people. These homes had a greater diversity of these insects. The findings of this study were published in the journal Biology Letters.

The many forms of living things in homes, thriving below carpets and in closets, make up a list that just goes on and on. Now it is being discovered that the amount of affluence that a neighborhood’s homes enjoy leads to a greater variety of bugs that dwell inside these households.

Most of these are surprisingly not pests. This will change forever the concept of homes that are perfect in every way since somewhere within the nooks and crannies lie hundreds of insects just waiting to come out when it is dark. 

“The sheer amount of life thriving within your home—under carpet, in closets—is astonishing,” says Dr. Misha Leong, lead author and post-doctoral researcher at the Academy.

“Now we’re learning that neighborhood affluence was one of the primary predictors for the number of different bug types—mostly non-pests—living inside, which really surprised me. We hope our findings inspire people to reimagine the context of their homes and apartments within the larger environment.”

Modern urban planning has upset the ecological balance of the world. What was once a pristine setup has been overtaken by that most dangerous of species (that would be mankind).

Yet life too has a way of fighting back and the lowliest insects have managed to eke out an existence in the most inhospitable conditions.

The concrete jungles we have created harbor fungi, mosses and lichen that cling to every surface and lots of small insects that infest everything from the smallest holes in corners to attics that have been left alone since eons. 

The richer a household, the more stuff it has for these little insects to feed upon when nighttime comes. What appears to be a solid house is actually a semi-permeable dwelling that is a host to several life forms we are generally unaware of.

Socioeconomic status and arthropods (which include moths, spiders and centipedes) have an intimate link with each other. This is a relatively unexplored territory.

The researchers studied the insects in these rich households. They found to their surprise that at least a 100 different types of arthropods exist inside an affluent household.

Altough a lot of money is spent each year in the eradication of such vermin as cockroaches, ticks and termites, actually the majority of household insects are not pests.

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