How Much Do You Really Know About Fairfax Sowbugs?


You’ve probably seen both pillbugs and sowbugs since you were a child, but how much do you really know about these creatures? Test your knowledge and learn some interesting facts about Fairfax sowbugs.

a sowbug on the ground

Are The Bugs You're Seeing Pillbugs Or Sowbugs?

Sowbugs or as some people call them, woodlouse, are often confused with pillbugs. Both sowbugs and pillbugs are flat and oval insects that measure approximately one centimeter in length. If you look closely at either insect, you’ll notice that they have segmented bodies, seven legs, and two antennae.

Although people refer to both species as bugs, they aren’t actually bugs. They are crustaceans. Unlike pillbugs, sowbugs cannot roll up into a ball which is why pillbugs are sometimes referred to as rolly pollies. Another difference between the two crustaceans is the fact that sowbugs have two tail-like appendages whereas pillbugs only have one.

Sowbug Habits

Sowbugs only eat organic material and live in moist environments. Typically, they will only enter homes on the first floor, through garages, and via cracks in a home’s foundation. You can find sowbugs in the mulch, leaves, and plants around your home. They also could take up residence in your garden beds or the pots of your houseplants.
Sowbugs eat the decomposing material around them. If there’s no food or no moisture, they cannot survive.

Damage Caused By Sowbugs

Sowbugs aren’t as detrimental to your home or property as other pests. They live in the soil of houseplants but don’t damage your plants. In fact, they cause no damage to your property, and they can’t harm you, as they can neither sting nor bite. 

That said, you could find yourself annoyed with the presence of sowbugs. As their population grows, they seem to take over your home.

Preventing Sowbugs From Getting Inside Your Fairfax Home

There are a few ways in which you might be able to prevent these pests from residing in your home. All of the methods involve you working to eliminate their hiding spots. They like to live in damp places and cannot survive without moisture.

First, you should clean up your yard. Move all of the firewood, logs, and stones away from your home. If you fail to do so, sowbugs will be drawn to the moisture under the debris. 

Second, you need to ensure that your downspouts drain away from the foundation of your home. This prevents the moisture from building up near your home, and in turn, prevents sowbugs.

Another way to keep away these nuisance pests is to make a barrier around your home. Remove any flowerbeds, mulch, and leaves that are close to the foundation of your home. A barrier of the dry ground is an effective way to make your home seem less appealing to sowbugs.

It’s imperative that you get rid of potential entry points for the crustaceans. To accomplish this, seal any visible cracks and holes in your walls. Replace damaged weather stripping and door sweeps. The fewer entrances for sowbugs, the greater the chance you will have to prevent them from entering your home.

Finally, you should take steps to reduce the moisture in your home. Use a dehumidifier in your basement and consider waterproofing your basement.

Professional Sowbug Removal

No matter how hard you might try to keep out pests, you could still find yourself amid an infestation. It’s almost impossible to keep all moisture away from your home, so it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to create a completely inhospitable environment for sowbugs.

The most effective way to prevent sowbugs is to work with an experienced professional. With their skills and tools, they can prevent sowbugs and eliminate them from your property. Contact Capitol for more advice or assistance on sowbugs or any other unwanted pests.

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