Sowbugs are a species of woodlouse, and are nearly identical to pill bugs. They’re not actually insects –they’re crustaceans, which means that they are much closer to shrimp or crayfish.
Fun fact: Sowbugs are the only crustaceans that have adapted to living on land.
Pill bugs are often called Roly-polys because when provoked they can roll up into a ball.
Sowbugs and pill bugs are very common and exist virtually worldwide. They feed on decaying organic material (mostly plants), and congregate around moist areas. Often they’re found in moist habitats, such as garages, or unfinished basements.
Sowbugs are not known to be dangerous. They do not bite, or sting. They are also not known to destroy anything inside of the home.
Sowbugs and pill bugs are primarily treated through exclusion. Most infestations are treated by identifying entry points and then using caulk, or other materials to block entry.
The simplest way to detect a thrips population is to conduct a thorough visual inspection of the area. Another method is to hang (or lay) sticky paper in and around your potted plants. As the thrips move about, they’ll get stuck on the paper, and you’ll be cleaning up the population at the same time! […]
It’s hard to give a number on DIY treatments, but let’s give it a shot. Let’s take a look at some basic facts about bed bugs and see if we can figure out a rough timeline: Bed bugs live for 2-6 months on average (though some can survive up to a year without a meal) […]
First, we should begin by saying that it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get rid of bed bugs by waiting for them to die off. Females lay anywhere from 1-7 eggs per day — and most of them are going to hatch (97+% in most home environments). However, it is certainly possible, given enough […]
Nearly everyone who discovers they have bed bugs has the same first question: “How did I get bed bugs?” The short answer is that you probably brought them home. Do you have any new furniture or clothing that you purchased secondhand at a resale shop? Have you just returned from a long summer abroad? As […]
In just a couple of minutes, you can sleep soundly, knowing that the bed bugs won’t bite. To spot bed bugs, it helps to learn a little about their behavior. Bed bugs hide during the day Unless an infestation is particularly bad, you probably won’t walk into a hotel room and see them crawling on […]