Magnifying the Bugs That Live In Your Home and On Your Face

New York Times takes big look at the mites that live all around us.

Bed bug feeding on human skin. (Edwin Remsburg/VW Pics via Getty Images)
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You may not know this, but there are mites living on your face. Eight-legged face mites eat, give birth and then die, all on the skin of your cheek. Almost everyone has those unwanted and unseen freeloaders.

The New York Times writes that almost every move involves an invisible monster. Take a breath: You’ve brought hundreds or thousands of species of microbes into your lungs. When you sit down, you’re surrounded by a “a floating, leaping, crawling circus” of microscopic life.

Ecologist Rob Dunn and his team at North Carolina State University study the bacteria, fungi and insects that hang out in your home. Turns out, there are as many as 200,000 species you could call roommates.

The Times writes that these bugs are pretty horrifying to look at when magnified under a microscope but that they aren’t bad, and some are even helpful.

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