There’s a new scientific study recently published that may give you the heebie-jeebies.
The study presents evidence that the average home has roughly 100 species of arthropods living within its walls.
We’re not talking outright infestations, but rather a melting pot of critter culprits such as spiders, carpet beetles, book lice, pantry pests, cockroaches, ticks, termites, silverfish, fruit flies, fleas and stink bugs.
Do you keep a tidy house, or is your place more prone to clutter? The research says it doesn’t matter. No matter how clean the house, how many pets live there, or how many houseplants share the space, the diversity of bug cohabitants is the same.
As the researchers put it, “resident behavior such as house tidiness, pesticide usage, and pet ownership showed no significant influence on arthropod community composition”.
What does make a difference in the population of bugs, not surprisingly, is a room’s flooring material and proximity to outside doors or windows. The most welcoming indoor environment for bugs is a ground-floor carpeted living room, with windows and doors providing easy access and carpet fibers providing the perfect habitat. (Are you reaching for the vacuum yet?)
Rooms higher up in a multi-level house tend to have a less “diverse” population of creepy-crawly roommates.
The researchers concluded that bugs cohabiting with humans is “an inevitable part of life on Earth and more reflective of the conditions outside homes than the decisions made inside”.
Now, you need not surrender completely to insect invaders. Whether outdoors or indoors, RESCUE!® has both bases and a variety of species covered.