The Top 10 Places in Your House Filled With Microbes and Other "Monsters"

10/05/2011 12:00 pm ET Updated Dec 05, 2011

It is the American dream to own a home of one's own. Imagine, then, discovering that your newly purchased palace is filled with denizens and squatters. This is what greeted my wife and I when we bought our house in Raleigh, North Carolina. I have since been obsessed with these "others," and even wrote a book about them. But don't worry about me. I like the company. You should too, or you should like some of them, anyway. All of our homes are filled with other species, and they always will be, so you might as well get to know the places they live. Here are the ten habitats in your home most filled with other species, many of them scarcely known:

To learn more about the how the Wild Life around us influences our health and well being, visit my website or read my new book, The Wild Life of Our Bodies.

The Top Ten Places in Your House Filled With Microbes and Other “Monsters”