Pillbugs and Sowbugs

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Identifying Pillbugs and Sowbugs

Size: 8.5 to 18 mm long (adults) / Around 1.5 cm long.

Colour: Slate grey.

Description: These humpbacked, oval crustaceans appear to be covered with segmented armour. You can distinguish a pillbug from a sowbug by their ability to roll up into a little ball when alarmed.

Order/Family: Crustacea/Isopoda.

Scientific Name: Armadilidum vulgare/Procellio laevis Koch.

Did You Know?

Pillbugs and sowbugs are the only crustaceans that have adapted to live their whole life on land.


Pillbug and Sowbug Biology

Female pillbugs carry their eggs in a brood pouch where their young hatch after 45 days. There are 24 to 28 eggs in each brood. One to three broods are produced each year.

Pillbug and Sowbug Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

Pillbugs are found in moist areas where they can feed on organic matter. They are commonly found outdoors under stones and plant matter. Similarly, pillbugs sometimes invade basements and crawlspaces as they are often dark and moist. They don’t cause damage but are still considered to be a great nuisance.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of Pillbugs and Sowbugs?

Importantly, it’s beneficial to reduce moist environments to effectively control pillbugs and sowbugs. For example, removing any piles or organic matter, wood, and any other materials that can create harbourage areas. Meanwhile, you can contact Terminix Canada to learn more about how to get rid of pillbugs and sowbugs in residential or commercial settings.

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Our pillbugs and sowbugs removal service is the best and safest way to rid your home or business of these humpbacked pests for good.

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