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Pillbugs

What are pillbugs?

Because of the way their bodies are segmented, pillbugs have a very similar appearance to armadillos. Adult pillbugs typically grow to be roughly ½ of an inch in length and can be identified by their seven pairs of legs, brown and gray colored body, and two antennae. Pillbugs are actually Isopods, meaning they are not insects but actually land-dwelling crustaceans. These pests are commonly known for the way they will curl up into a ball when threatened.pillbug crawling on green moss outside a maryland office building

Are pillbugs dangerous?

The good news is that pillbugs are in no way dangerous to humans or their pets. However, the bad news is that when pillbugs invade homes, they don’t do so one at a time, but instead in large numbers, making them quite an annoying presence to have in your home and rather difficult pests to eliminate.

Where are pillbugs commonly found?

When living outdoors, pillbugs are commonly found living in damp environments like under rocks, logs, and fallen leaf litter as well as in along foundation lines and in garden areas, compost piles, and other similar areas. When they find their way inside, these pests are most commonly found in areas with high moisture levels such as basements.

Why do I have a pillbug problem?

If you are finding a considerable number of pillbugs inside your home, chances are there are many more outside. By nature, pillbugs prefer to live in areas with high humidity. In fact, they cannot survive anywhere else. Most commonly, pillbugs get into homes by wandering through a crack or gap in its foundation, or even straight through an open door. Once they have invaded, they seek out areas of the home that are high in humidity, such as basements, crawl spaces, or laundry rooms.

How do I get rid of pillbugs?

If you are looking for a way to get pillbugs out of your home while at the same time keeping them out for good, we have solutions for you here at Green Pest Management. When we deal with pillbugs, we do not only address the ones inside your home, but we also build a barrier around your home to keep pillbugs out in the future!

Additionally, our pest control works to exclude much more than pillbugs. With even our basic pest control package, you can find freedom from a number of pests, including:

  • Flies

  • Centipedes

  • Cockroaches

  • Pill bugs

Don’t wait to find freedom from pests. Give the professionals here at Green Pest Management a call!

How can I prevent pillbugs in the future?

The best way to reduce pillbugs' chances of sticking around if they have wandered inside is by reducing humidity within your home. Consider installing dehumidifiers in areas particularly high in moisture such as basements, crawl spaces, and laundry rooms. Beyond this, the only sure-fire way to get and keep pillbugs out of your home is by partnering with the professionals here at Green Pest Management. To get started, reach out to us today! We'd be happy to help you find a solution that works for you!

 

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