Blog: Keep house dry to deter sowbugs

Delta BC

I know it’s not just me because this year ever house that I’ve been to has had sowbugs around their house. Despite their name, sowbugs are land-living crustacean, not really bugs -- they are a kind of shrimp crawling around your house.

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They can’t retain water in their bodies so they need to spend most of their time in damp places. They feed on organic material (decomposing mulch and leaves) and prosper in moist environments, so that explains why they like to get into ground-level garages or basements. Sowbugs are really only a nuisance, they don’t bite or sting and therefore are harmless to humans. The fact that they are inside usually indicates a large population outside. The best way to prevent sowbugs is removing damp environments, so they will leave or die.

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