Blog: Sowbugs - land living crustaceans

OK, I know it's not just me, there are lots of sowbugs out there now! Of course they go by several other names: woodlouse, woodlice, pill bugs, roly polies, doodle bugs and of course wood bugs. Despite their name they are not really bugs, they are landbound crustaceans. Sowbugs feed on organic material and flourish in humid surroundings, typically coming into homes through ground-level doors. They also make their way into garages or damp basements through cracks in the foundation. They will live in the soil of houseplants and don’t actually do any damage, they are merely a nuisance. If they are found indoors that usually indicates a large population outside. The best way to prevent sowbugs is eliminating their hiding places, so clean up stack firewood by keeping it off of the ground, check downspouts to be sure they drain away from the foundation, seal cracks and holes around exterior doors and windows by replacing weather stripping and door sweeps, and use a dehumidifier to reduce dampness.

 

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Go Green Pest Control owner Randy Bilesky is a long-time South Delta resident. Trained and certified, Bilesky has first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owners encounter.

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