PILLBUGS

pillbug on a kitchen countertop in texas kitchenWHAT DO PILLBUGS LOOK LIKE?

Pillbugs look a little like miniature armadillos! They are isopods, rather than insects, which means they are crustaceans and are the land-dwelling cousins of crabs and lobsters. They do not have wings, are oval shaped, and are small at about ½ inch in length. They have a segmented body consisting of a head, thorax, and abdomen that appear to be created from armored plates. Pillbugs have seven pairs of legs.

Isopods must shed their exoskeleton to grow. They'll shed their outer skin about twelve times during their lifetime. During the shedding process, Pillbugs will hide because they are more vulnerable to enemies without their "armor".

WHERE DO PILLBUGS LIVE?

Pillbugs prefer dark, moist areas. They can be found under rocks, along the foundation of homes in the soil, in decaying vegetation or wood outdoors, or sometimes in basements. They don't wander around much during the day in order to avoid the light. Piles of mulch, leaves, and grass clippings is often the perfect environment for pillbugs to live. If pillbugs get in doors, they will stay in the basement or find their way into bathrooms and kitchens to be near water.

WHAT DO PILLBUGS EAT? 

Pillbugs tend to eat decaying matter, cardboard, vegetables – and their own fecal waste. Pillbugs need the mineral copper to survive, and they get enough of it through the consistent recycling of the mineral when they eat their own fecal matter.

ARE PILLBUGS AND SOWBUGS THE SAME?

Pillbugs and Sowbugs are similar but are not the same. Sowbugs are also closely related to the crustaceans of the sea and prefer moist, outdoor environments. Neither the pillbug or sowbug bites, transmits diseases, or infest food or wood. Pillbugs have no posterior appendages while sowbugs have two appendages that resemble tails coming out of their rear ends.  When pillbugs are disturbed they roll up into a tight ball for defense.

ARE PILLBUGS DANGEROUS? 

Because Pillbugs do not transmit diseases or bite or sting, they are not considered dangerous. Pillbugs do not cause structural damage to your property, either. They are more of a nuisance than anything and can appear in your home in large numbers.

DOES INNOVATIVE PEST CONTROL EXTERMINATE PILLBUGS? 

If you are finding large numbers of pillbugs in your home, call Innovative Pest Control for pillbug extermination services. We can eliminate your current infestation and help you prevent future infestations by properly sealing your home's entry points.

PILLBUG PREVENTION TIPS

The first step in preventing pillbugs from getting into your home is to clean up the exterior. Remove all debris, grass clippings, leaves, mulch, stones, and other items laying near your foundation. Don't give pillbugs a place to hide near your home and they won't seek entry inside.

Divert water away from your foundation with gutters and down spouts and fix any leaking faucets to eliminate as much moisture as possible from the outside and inside of your home.

Seal all cracks and openings in your foundation wall, around doors and basement windows. Make sure you have doors weeps on all outside doors.

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