Sowbug Facts & Informations

Protect your home or business from sowbugs by learning techniques for identification and control.

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How do I get rid of sowbugs?

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Your local Orkin technician is trained to help manage sowbugs and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin technician will design a unique program for your situation. Orkin can provide the right solution to keep sowbugs in their place…out of your home, or business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Sowbugs

Appearance

  • Size: Sowbugs are flat, oval creatures that are about 1 cm long.

  • Body: Their body has several segments, including seven pair of legs and two pair of antennae.

  • Characteristics: Despite their name, sowbugs, sometimes called a woodlouse, are not really bugs. They are land-living crustaceans. Another crustacean, the pillbug, resembles the sowbug. Sowbugs cannot roll up when they are disturbed like pillbugs do. Sowbugs have two appendages that look like tails. Pillbugs do not have the appendages.

Diet

Sowbugs eat organic debris and decaying plants, so it is common to find them under mulch in flowerbeds. To conserve moisture, they are usually active at night.

Habitat

Sowbugs are not able to retain water in their bodies, so they spend most of their time in damp places. Outdoors they hide under:

  • Flowerpots

  • Logs

  • Rocks

  • Trash cans

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