How to Identify Pill Bugs


Sow Bugs and Pill Bugs, known commonly as Roly-Polies, are never more than 3/4” in length and their bodies are oval with a hollow underside. The head and the body is covered by overlapping plates giving it its armored look. Sow Bugs have seven pairs of legs. The Pill Bug can roll itself into a ball and is often called a Roly-Poly in some areas.


Large infestations may be found in basements or in organic areas such as gardens, potted plants, and mulch.


Sow Bugs and Pill Bugs may invade homes during times of drought and excessive moisture. Their presence is not only unsightly; they are a nuisance when found in large numbers indoors.


Clutter around the home should be removed, such as leaves, grass clippings, mulch, boards, etc. For long-term results, basements and crawlspaces should be well ventilated. Cracks and crevices should also be sealed to prevent infestations. A professional perimeter treatment around the home will reduce Sow Bug and Pill Bug populations.


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About Pill Bugs

  • Like the sowbug, the pillbug is a crustacean – but only the pillbug is capable of rolling up to avoid detection.
  • Pill bugs don’t cause illness or contaminate food, but they can live up to two years.
  • Pill bugs are usually most active at night.