Household dust contains up to 1000 different species of microbes, with tens of millions of individual bacterial cells in each gram, a scientist has revealed. But don't get panicky though, because not all of them tiny things are bad.
Microbes are a part of our normal environment and can be both beneficial and detrimental to our health.
"Exposure to microbes in childhood can prevent the development of allergies. On the other hand, mould growth can increase the risk of asthma," said Dr Helena Rintala from the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland.
"These microbes, their spores and the molecules they secrete can be released into the air which can lead to health problems if they are breathed in," she said.
Dr Helena Rintala, described it at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham.