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Dust DNA Reveals all the Bugs in American Homes

Researchers detected DNA from more than 600 different types of arthropods (insects and spiders) as well as material from lobsters.
Adult Indian meal moth (Lepidoptera: Plodia interpunctella), a frequent bug found in homes.
12_02_HouseBugs_01 Source: Matt Bertone

Your dust bunnies, it seems, have some stories to tell. By examining the DNA in dust, researchers have shown that we share our houses with a legion of mysterious creatures. And they’ve created the first map showing their range across the U.S.

The researchers collected dust swabs from more than

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