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What do pill bugs and sow bugs look like?

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Pill bugs and sow bugs have many similarities; they both range in size from ¼ to ½ an inch in length and are black to slate gray with an oval shaped, segmented body.  They both have seven pair of legs and two pair of antennae.  A couple of noted differences between the two, sow bugs have a tail-like appendage that comes off the rear of their body; the pill bug does not. Also, the pill bug can roll up into a tight ball and the sow bug cannot.

Pill bug and sow bug behaviors

Pill bugs and sow bugs are both types of crustaceans.  They are most often found outside living in moist, dark environments like underneath flower pots, mulch, compost piles, and landscaping ties.  Both are scavengers and feed on decaying organic matter.

These pests will sometimes move inside if the weather outside becomes too hot or dry.  They can be found invading the basements and crawl spaces of homes and other buildings.  These pests can enter in very large numbers and become quite a nuisance for homeowners.

Are pill bugs and sow bugs dangerous?

Neither pill bugs or sow bugs are dangerous.  They pose no health risks to people but are more of a nuisance in homes.

Can Suburban help with a pill bug and sow bug problems?

For relief from pill bugs and sow bugs, Suburban is the ideal choice.  Our home pest control services are designed to eliminate existing pest problems and prevent new infestations from occurring.  

For more information about getting rid of sow bugs and pill bugs, contact Suburban Exterminating

Pill bug and sow bug prevention tips

Tips to help prevent pill bugs and sow bugs from entering your home include:

  • Creating a barrier between the foundation of your home and any mulch or grass.
  • Removing piles of leaves, grass, and other organic debris from your property.
  • Making sure that gutters are working properly to direct moisture away from your home’s foundation.
  • Inspecting your home’s foundation and sealing any cracks or crevices that are found.
  • Using a de-humidifier in basements and crawl spaces.

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