No matter how urban you get in San Francisco, there's one type of wildlife you can't escape: bugs. No, not the NSA kind (that's a whole other conversation re inescapability). I'm talking about arthropods: the insects, arachnids, myriapods, and even crustaceans with which we (often unwittingly) share space.
The folks at Your Wild Life, a "team of scientists, science communicators, students, and citizens who are passionate about exploring the ecological frontiers that exist right under our noses" have put some of that passion towards the bugs that live in our "basements, kitchens, bathrooms, and even bedrooms." In the below video they turn their attention to San Francisco, stopping at various houses to trap and sample their arthropod residents.
"We are all living with a ton of bugs in our home," Dr. Michelle Trautwein of the Cal Academy of Sciences tells us. "I know that people don't love to hear that, but the truth is, most of the bugs we live with are completely harmless." Suuuure, Michelle. Are those bugs pitching in on rent? DIDN'T THINK SO.
Kidding aside, the video gives us a nice reminder that even when we think we're home alone, we're really not because there are about a zillion bugs at home with us. Also, that maybe you should rethink that carpet.
You can watch the entire SF bug adventure here, if you dare: