Pill Bugs/Sowbugs

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Summer



0.25 - 0.5 inch

Inch Long



What do Pill Bugs/Sowbugs look like?

Pill bugs and sowbugs 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 pairs of legs and two pairs of antennae. A couple of noted differences between the two, sowbugs 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.

What are the signs of Pill Bugs/Sowbugs?

Pill bugs and sowbugs 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.

What Damage do Pill Bugs/Sowbugs cause?

Pill bugs and sowbugs will damage the roots of plants when feeding but will not create significant damage to your home.

How do you prevent Pill Bugs/Sowbugs?

Tips to help prevent pill bugs and sowbugs 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 dehumidifier in basements and crawl spaces.

How do I get rid of Pill Bugs/Sowbugs?

To get rid of pill bugs, reduce the habitat favored by these pests by eliminating garden debris, leaf piles, fallen fruit and weeds from all growing areas. Use mulches that are coarse enough to let water pass through easily so the surface next to plants will not remain damp for long.

Can Pill Bugs/Sowbugs hurt me?

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

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