Because the only thing worse than thinking about all the creepy crawlies living in your home is looking at ultra-high resolution macro images of the little blighters. Right?
Well, yes, actually.
Sony has teamed up with conservation charity Buglife on its Hidden World of Bugs and Insects Report to create a photographic series highlighting some of the 10 everyday bugs and insects living in your homes this winter, including the daddy long-legs spider, the European earwig and the common clothes moth.
1. House spiders
Autumn is the time of year when many of us think our houses are being invaded by rather large eight-legged creatures. These are male house spiders and although they are actually in your house all year round, we only see them around this time of year.
It is now when they’re on the prowl, searching every corner of your house looking for the lady spider of their dreams. N’aw.
2. European earwig
An old wives’ tale once thought that we call these insects earwigs because of their habit of climbing into people’s ears, although it is more likely that their ear-shaped wings gave them their name.
They definitely don’t deserve a fearsome reputation, being harmless to humans. They simply come into houses as they’re attracted to lights, similar to night-flying moths.
3. Red admiral butterfly
With beautiful black wings bearing red bands and white spots, the red admiral is one of the UK’s most striking and easily identifiable butterflies.
They wake up in the spring, only to be joined by many other butterflies which have travelled thousands of miles to the UK to then lay their eggs during the warming weather.
4. Common green lacewing
During the cold winter months, adult lacewings hibernate mainly in buildings. With the change in season, adults change in colour too.
Their colour goes from a beautiful shade of green or blue to a yellowish-brown colour, often with red spots on their bodies whilst they overwinter.
5. Bluebottle fly
These can often be seen buzzing around the house as the bluebottle is looking for somewhere to lay its eggs.
The adults will lay their eggs on decaying meat which will feed the larvae once they hatch out. Gross.
6. Common clothes moth
Clothes moths can be quite happy living inside your house, and were at one time considered a pest species.
As the English name suggests, the larvae feed on clothes made from wool and other natural materials.
7. Seven-spot ladybird
This lovely little beetle is a gardener’s favourite, helping keep numbers of aphids down.
The adults can be active all the way into November, but when it starts to get cold, they move into homes and outbuildings to hibernate over the winter and can often be found clustered together in groups for warmth.
How many times have you switched on the light in the bathroom, to see fast-moving silver shapes dart quickly across the floor and under the bath?
These nocturnal insects are silverfish and like to live in damp areas in the house. While the odd individual one isn’t a problem, large numbers of them could be an issue.
9. Common woodlouse
Whilst normally found outside under logs and in compost heaps, they love damp and dark areas. So when searching for these in your house, check the bathroom.
Just before mating the male climbs on top of the female, uses his front legs to drum on her back and licks her head. In case you were wondering…
10. Daddy long-legs spider
This fragile-looking little spider can often be seen lurking in the corners of households in their messy webs. Although they look like delicate beings, they definitely punch above their weight when it comes to their eating habits.
Not a fussy eater, the daddy long-legs spider will also feed on flies, bees, wasps and even other daddy long-legs spiders when food is scarce.