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pill bug


Adult pill bugs grow to be about ¾ of an inch in length and are dark brown to black. They have 7 pairs of legs and 7 hard distinct plates covering their bodies. Pill bugs are also referred to as “rollie-pollies” because of their ability to curl themselves up into a tight ball when they are bothered.

Biology and Behavior

pill bugs aka rollie-pollies

  • Pill bugs live in areas where there is a lot of moisture because their bodies do not have the ability to hold water.

  • Pill bugs can be typically found living under mulch, firewood piles, landscape timbers, trash/recycling cans, and flowerpots.

  • Pill bugs are nocturnal.

  • They are scavengers and feed on decaying plant materials, young plants, and sometimes decaying animal materials.

  • Inside homes, pill bugs are considered to be nuisance pests because they do not bite and are not known to carry any diseases that affect people.

  • Pill bugs often get into homes through spaces found at the bottom of doors, gaps around utility entrances, and spaces in the foundation.

Pill Bug Prevention Tips

  • Place a barrier between the foundation of your home and any mulch found in flower and garden beds.

  • Place firewood on pallets to keep it off the ground; store firewood a distance away from the outside of your house.

  • Keep flowerpots off the ground; inspect flowerpot’s underside before bringing them inside.

  • Make sure that gutters are working to direct water away from the outside of your house.

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors; seal cracks found in the foundation.

  • Use de-humidifiers in the damp areas of your home to reduce moisture levels.

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