Arthropods Invade Our Homes

Jan 25, 2016

Is it safe to say we all believe in biodiversity on the Earth?  How about inside our homes? 

A meat eater ant.
Credit fir0002/Wikimedia

Entomologists from North Carolina and the California Academy of Sciences recently studied the numbers of arthropods in our homes--think ants and spiders and such--and found a surprising number: about 100 different species in the average home. 

Species, not individual critters.  Before you reach for the fly swatter or the bug spray, hear the entomologists out. 

Michelle Trautwein from the California Academy fills us in on the significance of all the arthropods indoors.