What lives in your home?

There is more to house dust then you might think. House dust can include dried food particles, mould spores, pollen, fabric fibres, and insect parts. Tests on 1200 US homes also discovered microscopic communities of fungi and bacteria. It also revealed the genders of the occupants and whether pets are in the home. The study was carried out to discover if microbes in house dust could exacerbate breathing problems or trigger allergies. The findings suggested most were probably harmless - and some may even be beneficial. The scientists counted more than 2,000 types of fungi and approx. 7,000 kinds of bacteria in the course of their investigation. Here are just some of them...

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