Well, think again. Researchers at North Carolina State University did a study on over 700 homes across the continental US and found that there are just as many pests in homes that are considered “clean” as there are in homes that, shall we say, lack the attention given to the cleaner homes.
The participants in the study collected dust from the top of a doorway found in their house or apartment. And the startling conclusion reached is: In the average US home, there are over 600 types of insects, spiders and centipedes living there.
Most of these pests are unseen, living behind the walls, maybe poking a head or leg through when humans are not about. But by being unseen, these pests allow humans to be in ignorant bliss, thinking they are alone. Ha!
In homes where there were cats, dogs or basements, there was a greater diversity of different types of pests. Likewise in rural areas. Not that there were more pests in these areas, but that there were different kinds.
The researchers feel that studying these organisms is a great way to understand how they might affect our life and health, since they apparently will be co-existing with us for the indefinite future.
So if you ever feel alone, just remember the hidden creatures in your home out number you, your friends, their friends and a large number of strangers. In fact, instead of feeling alone, you may well feel that your home is becoming a little crowded.
It really is amazing when you think about it. A whole ecosystem lies behind your walls. And we never have to see it.