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Are Souderton Sow Bugs & Pill Bugs The Same Thing?

April 7, 2021


Two of the critters that Souderton residents may encounter are sowbugs and pillbugs. They are the only crustaceans that are known to reside solely on land. Crustaceans are arthropods that are commonly found in marine environments, such as crabs, shrimp, and crayfish. Sowbugs and pillbugs typically live in moist outdoor settings.

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Differentiating Sow Bugs From Pill Bugs

These bugs are similar in appearance and are commonly referred to as “roly-polies” or “potato bugs.” They have an oval, segmented body that measures from ¼ to 5/8 of an inch in length and a blue-grey or brown color. Both have seven legs; however, the sowbug has two appendages that extend outward like a tail. Unlike sow bugs, pill bugs can roll their body into a ball when they are bothered.

Are They Dangerous? 

Sowbugs and pillbugs are generally viewed as a nuisance, as they do not bite, sting, spread disease, or cause property damage. They are foragers that primarily eat plant or animal matter. In large numbers, they can create noticeable damage to plants by eating away them and making them susceptible to bacteria.

Activity And Behavior

Sowbugs and pillbugs are generally nocturnal and hide beneath damp structures or debris during daylight hours.  At night, they may travel through grass or on sidewalks. Occasionally, they will move indoors through openings in the lower seal of a door or gaps in the foundation of a structure.
These bugs are typically unable to survive indoors for more than a few days, as the environment generally lacks sufficient moisture or sources of food. If you notice several of these pests within a Souderton property, there likely are many of them located near the exterior of the structure.

Best Practices For Preventing Sowbugs And Pillbugs 

Preventing these pests from gathering on your property and potentially moving indoors is best accomplished by employing the following strategies:

  • Promptly remove debris from the exterior area adjacent to the structure such as piles of leaves, grass, or stored firewood.

  • Keep plants and trees trimmed back away from the structure, and position mulch no closer than two feet away from entrances.

  • Walk around the exterior to inspect the foundation for any entry points and fill them with a weather-resistant sealant or caulking product.

  • Repair or replace lower door sweeps as needed, and ensure lower windows or other openings are properly sealed.

  • Keep gutters and downspouts clean to prevent accumulations of water.

  • Basements and crawlspaces should be well-ventilated and a dehumidifier should be used to reduce moisture when necessary.

The Importance Of Contacting A Licensed Exterminator

Many of the at-home pest control products being marketed today make outrageous claims of effectiveness. The reality is that these are unlikely to be viable solutions for serious infestations and they may contain harmful chemicals. Fortunately, the experts at Moyer Pest Control have the years of experience necessary to safely and effectively eradicate pest control problems and keep them from returning.

Provider Of Professional Pest Control Services In Souderton

Did you know that Moyer Pest Control now offers three customized home protection plans that are comprehensive and affordable? These include the Exterior, Complete, and Platinum Home Guard plans that include between four and six visits to your home each year. You and your family will be protected from spiders, ants, bees, and many other nuisances all year long.
We are now proud members of the Pennsylvania Pest Management Association and are QualityPro certified. The professionals at Moyer Pest Control will provide a thorough onsite inspection of the property to make an accurate assessment. Contact our offices today for a no-obligation estimate.

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