Never Home Alone: from microbes to millipedes…

Never Home Alone: from Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live

by Rob Dunn, Basic Books, 2018

Submitted by ~ Jerry Dalton

As Homo indoorus, we aspire to have clean homes that minimize our contact with microbes, insects, and tiny creatures. Through the ages, humans had much more exposure to microbes and tiny organisms. The overwhelming number of these are beneficial. The author, an ecologist, suggests we should spend more time outdoors in contact with microbes for our own well-being. No problem, we are gardeners. Our dogs and cats may be helpful too, for the organisms they bring into our homes. And maybe those bugs in the basement aren’t so bad after all.

Learn more about the 200,000 microscopic species found coexisting with humans in our homes, and how they contribute to our health and well-being. During the corona virus pandemic, this could be a therapeutic read because it celebrates microbes from a research ecologist’s point of view.

You can borrow from the Billings Public Library when it is open again (call number, 570 DUNN).

(Also available as an audio book or ebook from Amazon.)