Wealthier Homes Have More Kinds of Bugs
The new research supports a "luxury effect," in which higher-income neighborhoods host more biodiversity.
You’re never really home alone.
Even when you think you're enjoying a few moments of blissful solitude, entomologist Misha Leong likes to remind people, you have more tiny roommates than you think.
“Ecologists spend most of their time studying these far-off, exotic places, but we rarely think about the wildlife inside our homes,” says Leong, a postdoctoral fellow at the California Academy of Sciences. “We’re actually surrounded by wildlife, especially bugs, when we’re indoors.” (Related: "500 Kinds of Bugs May Be Living in Your House")
Now a new study shows that wealthier homes have more types of arthropods—which include insects and spiders—than less expensive homes.
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