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What are Pillbugs?

Pillbugs are unique creatures. In addition to being the only land-dwelling crustaceans, these pests can roll into a ball to defend themselves if they are disturbed.

Adult pillbugs reach a length of about three-quarters of an inch and are encased in a segmented, hard shell. Pillbugs are scavengers that feed on rotting plant leaves and other decaying matter.

Their feeding habits aid in the elimination of rotting plant matter in garden regions. When they get access to our homes and other structures, pillbugs become a nuisance.



Do you have Pillbugs in your home or you are not sure? We can handle the identification and get you a solution to your problem quickly.

Pillbugs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are pillbugs dangerous?

Homeowners who reside in areas that are mild throughout the year have to contend with an active pillbug population. They have a low tolerance for temperature extremes and will perish if the temperature is either extremely hot or extremely cold.

The presence of too much wetness is probably the primary factor that draws pillbugs to both your yard and your house.

Pillbugs tend to concentrate in situations where there are problems such as clogged gutters, leaking pipes, low-lying areas, and overwatered gardens.

Where will I find pillbugs?

The nighttime is when pillbugs come out of their hiding places to look for food, thus this is also the time of day when they are the most active.

In order to survive, pillbugs require an ambient with a high level of humidity. They breathe with gills, just like most other crustaceans do, which are located on their bodies.

However, despite the fact that they possess gills, this organism is unable to live if it is completely immersed in water. Ponds and other bodies of deep water are not suitable habitats for pillbugs.

A common place for pillbugs to congregate is close to the foundation of buildings and other structures. In residential areas, they can most usually be seen living outside in the soil and underneath objects such as rocks, landscape ties, waste bins, and other objects that allow water to pool on top of damp soil. In commercial settings, they can also be found living in the soil.

Because of their close closeness to our houses, they are able to seek refuge inside when the climate outside turns intolerably hot and dry.

When they are inside, they look for places that have moisture. For homeowners, the most likely places to discover pillbugs are damp crawl spaces and basements.

How do I get rid of pillbugs?

If you want to get rid of pillbugs in your house or business, 24H Pest Pros is your best choice. Our response times are lightning-fast, and you can rest easy knowing that your pest problems will be resolved and won't occur again thanks to us.

In order to rid your premises of pillbugs, the experienced pest control technicians we employ will perform services of the highest quality utilizing the most up-to-date and effective pest control solutions.

Find out why your friends and neighbors have chosen 24H Pest Pros for all of their pest control problems. Give us a call today!

How can I prevent pillbugs in the future?

Prevent problems with pillbugs by partnering with 24h Pest Pros and by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Put compost piles away from your home's exterior.
  • Keep waste containers above the ground and away from the exterior walls of your home.
  • Use crushed stone to construct a 12- to 18-inch barrier between any grass or garden areas and your home's foundation.
  • Find and seal all foundation and doorway gaps, cracks, and openings.
  • Clear your yard of leaf litter, fallen trees, and other decomposing organic matter.
  • Ensure that your gutters and downspouts are directing rainfall away from the exterior of your home.
  • Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to remove excess moisture and maintain low levels of humidity.
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