Sowbugs, sometimes called pillbugs, potato bugs, or roly polys, are flat, oval shaped pests averaging around 1 cm long. Their bodies are segmented, with seven pairs of legs and two pairs of antennae. Sowbugs thrive in moist environments and feed off organic material. They are often found in garages or damp basements, entering through ground level doors and windows. Mulch, plants and leaves often attract sowbugs to a structure, providing shelter and warmth.
Sowbugs aren’t known for biting or stinging humans, but they can become an issue when their population is left to grow without intervention. The presence of sowbugs indoors often indicates a high moisture environment, leading to a number of other issues including mildew, wood rot and a good breeding environment for other insects. Eliminating sowbugs requires a combination of proper maintenance, prevention techniques, and Skedaddle’s customized insect treatment plan designed specifically for your home.