Bugs you will find in your home

Bugs you will find in your home

Have you ever thought about what lives with you in your home? We searched Sci-Fi NC Home Product Rossi Islar teams up with NC State entomologist Matt Bertone to search for spiders and other insects. And surprise! We found a lot of them.

Let’s debunk the myth of the dirty house

Rossi admitted that her house isn’t exactly clean. But Bertoni says having a few uninvited guests doesn’t necessarily mean an unclean living space.

“It’s almost impossible to completely rid your home of all arthropods, and most of them won’t do anything to you. So don’t panic.”

Bertoni says the size of the house and the presence of houseplants play a role in how many arthropods you’ll encounter (arthropods are the largest phylum in the animal kingdom, which includes insects). More space and more plants often translate into more errors. Sure, obsessive cleaning will reduce their presence, but who wants to live that way?

Cellar spiders: inhabitant of a shared house

With this reassurance in mind, we ventured inside and began exploring. And what did we find? Spiders of course!

Our first encounter was with a small spider known as Cellar spider (Volcus valangoids), known as the long-legged daddy, at least here in the South. These little creatures are harmless, and their fangs are so small and weak that they couldn’t even pierce your skin if they tried.

“You’re more of a threat to them than you are to yourself,” Bertone said.

Window sill ecosystems

But there is more to discover. We turned our attention to window sills, where dead insects and debris often accumulate, serving as a delicious feast for creatures like Book lice (Liposcelis).

While the idea of ​​booklice may seem disgusting, if you look at it under a microscope, “it’s actually pretty cool,” Bertone says.

Oh, and those little spots on your windowsill? This is spider poop, believe it or not. Most homes have them, but few people realize it. Spider poop may not be at the top of your list of dinner table conversations, but it is part of the complex ecosystem inside your home.

Spitting spiders and brown recluses

Our journey continued, and we saw another spider, A Spitting spider (Scytodes thoracica) this time. These spiders are called “spitting” spiders because they can spray poisonous silk onto their prey. Not exactly what you would expect from a house guest, but they are harmless and even useful because they can trap and kill mosquitoes and other insects.

But what about the damned Brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa)? Bertoni assured us that they are not commonly found in North Carolina, where this house is located. So, you can breathe easy if you are in the Tar Heel situation.

Basements: a hotspot for arthropods

The basement proved to be a hub for arthropods, thanks to its high humidity. But the insects here are also harmless. Takes Camel cricket game (family Rhaphidophoridae), for example. These creatures have taken over the basements of eastern North America and pose no threat to humans.

What about these? Spiders (Stattoda triangulosa)? They may surprise you, but they will only attack if they feel threatened.

Do you feel better about the bugs in your home?

So, the next time you discover a spider or insect in your home, take a moment to appreciate the wonderful world of arthropods living alongside you.

“Most people’s reaction to insects and spiders is fear or disgust,” Bertone said. “People are afraid of spiders but they keep dogs all the time. However, dogs are more dangerous than spiders.”

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