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Never home alone : from microbes to millipedes, camel crickets, and honeybees, the natural history of where we live

by Dunn, Rob R. (Author)

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A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements. Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In Never Home Alone, biologist Rob Dunn introduces us to the nearl... Full description

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Summary: A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements. Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In Never Home Alone, biologist Rob Dunn introduces us to the nearly 200,000 species living with us in our own homes, from the Egyptian meal moths in our cupboards and camel crickets in our basements to the lactobacillus lounging on our kitchen counters. You are not alone. Yet, as we obsess over sterilizing our homes and separating our spaces from nature, we are unwittingly cultivating an entirely new playground for evolution. These changes are reshaping the organisms that live with us<U+2013>prompting some to become more dangerous, while undermining those species that benefit our bodies or help us keep more threatening organisms at bay. No one who reads this engrossing, revelatory book will look at their homes in the same way again.
Physical Description: vii, 323 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9781541645769
1541645766
Author Notes: Rob Dunn is a professor in the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University and in the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen. He is also the author of five books. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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