Sowbugs

Identification

  • Colour Dark grey, slate
  • Size About 1.5 cm long
  • Also known as Isopods, Woodlice
  • Description Have flat, oval bodies, made up of a rigid, segmented, long exoskeleton and 14 jointed limbs. Sowbugs have two appendages that look like tails.

General Facts

Why do I have sowbugs?

Sowbugs, also called isopods or woodlice, are closely related to lobsters and shrimp and are the only crustaceans able to live on land. They need moist, humid conditions to survive and prefer to live under piles of rocks, leaves, and other organic debris, or in basements, under leaky sinks, and in laundry rooms. They eat mainly decaying matter, including leaves, grass, animal and insect remains, and dirt.

How worried should I be about sowbugs?

Sowbugs pose no physical threats to people or pets, but are considered nuisances. They often gather in large numbers, which can be alarming. A professional pest control service will be able to administer the correct pesticides and eradicate your sowbug infestation.

How can I prevent sowbugs invading?

Clear rock piles and unnecessary debris, Seal cracks and crevices in building exteriors, Replace broken window and door screens, Make sure rooms are ventilated, Use dehumidifiers if needed

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