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Pill Bugs

Pill bugs are a common nuisance pest in Georgia and Tennessee, but did you know they’re not technically insects? They’re actually a type of crustacean that has evolved to live on land; however, true to their ocean roots, they still prefer areas with lots of moisture, which is probably why they’re so common in the South. If you spot a pill bug in your home or business, there’s a good chance that it has accidentally wandered in from outside.

Are pill bugs and sow bugs the same pest?

No, pill bugs and sow bugs are not the same pest. While they look basically the same – both have seven pairs of legs and rounded, convex bodies – there are a few key differences between them. For instance, pill bugs can roll up into a ball to protect themselves when threatened, while sow bugs cannot. Also, sow bugs have two tail-like appendages that extend from the rear of their bodies, while pill bugs do not.

What do pill bugs look like?

Pill bugs can be gray, dark brown, or black in color and adults can grow to be 3/4 of an inch in length. When fully extended, they have flat bodies that are oval in shape with seven hard individual plates located on their backs. This segmentation is what allows them to roll into a ball.

What attracts pill bugs?

Pill bugs are attracted to areas of moisture. They cannot retain water inside their bodies, so they require damp environments in order to survive. They are most often found outdoors, but may venture indoors through damp basements or crawl spaces.

Outdoors:

  • Under stones
  • Rocks
  • Decaying logs
  • Leaf litter
  • Other objects lying on the ground

Inside:

  • Damp newspapers
  • Boxes
  • Potted plants
  • Garbage piles
  • Under decaying vegetation

Pill bugs are most active at night; they remain inactive during the day to conserve moisture.

Are pill bugs dangerous to people or property?

No, pill bugs are not considered to be dangerous to people or property. They are nuisance pests only. Pill bugs and sow bugs are scavengers, preferring to feed on decaying organic matter such as leaves and logs. Outside, they can sometimes damage the roots of young plants.

Does Allgood’s home pest control services target pill bugs?

Yes, Allgood's home pest control services will target and eliminate any pill bugs that enter into your home. With our customized year-round pest control services in place, you can be sure that pill bugs and other nuisance pests will be controlled in your home. If you are experiencing problems with pill bugs, contact the professionals at Allgood Pest Solutions today.