From armies of ants... to squadrons of spiders... summer brings plenty of creepy-crawly visitors who try to take up residence in your home.

And while these insects can sure be a nuisance, there's another type of bug that may be invading your house right now that's MUCH more dangerous.

I'm talking about "superbugs" -- the lethal bacteria that even our most powerful antibiotics can't kill.

As I've shared with you before, the overuse of antibiotics is largely to blame for the rise of superbugs (especially in hospitals and other care facilities) because bacteria develop ways to outsmart the drugs and form newer, deadlier strains.

But according to a new study, antibiotics aren't the only culprit -- because an antibacterial chemical used in thousands of common household and personal care products can nurture superbugs, too.

It's called triclosan, and its presence in your home means that these nasty bacteria can gain a foothold everywhere… from your bathroom to your kitchen.

In the study, Australian researchers exposed a strain of E. coli bacteria -- which can cause deadly diarrhea if it gets into your system -- to triclosan in the lab for 30 days.

They found that while triclosan caused oxidative stress in the bacteria, it wasn't enough to wipe them out.

Instead, triclosan exposure led to gene mutations that allowed the E. coli to morph into NEW strains that were resistant to MULTIPLE antibiotic drugs!

What's more, the gene mutations caused by triclosan proved to be easily passed down to the E. coli's offspring.

That means the new superbugs created by triclosan can live on... and on... and on... right inside your home, where they can sicken you.

And we've got no weapons to stop them!

Plus, these deadly bacteria aren't the only problem you have to worry about with triclosan. Past studies have also shown that triclosan can disrupt your thyroid hormones... wreak havoc on your gut bacteria... and even fuel the growth of cancerous tumors .

In fact, triclosan is so dangerous that the FDA has now banned it from so-called "antibacterial" hand soaps and body washes sold over the counter.

But the feds gave manufacturers until the end of 2018 to totally phase it out, so you're not in the clear quite yet.

And even though soap manufacturers have to "clean up" their act and eliminate triclosan, the chemical is still allowed in toothpaste, deodorant, cosmetics, hand sanitizers, athletic clothing, kitchenware, home building materials... and the list goes on .

So, if you don't want to open the doors of your home to nasty superbugs, check all product labels carefully to make sure what you're buying doesn't contain triclosan.

If you've got any older antibacterial soap or body washes still lying around, toss them if triclosan is one of the ingredients.

These products have no benefit over washing up with plain ol' soap and warm water.