“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.”

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