The pill bug might sound unfamiliar, but you might know these pests as rolie polies. Even though the name pill bug suggests otherwise, these aren’t actual bugs. They are a type of living crustacean that has learned to adapt to living on land. These bugs are closely related to shrimp, crabs, and lobsters. They received the name rolie polie, because when they are threatened they roll themselves into a ball. They aren’t dangerous, but can be annoying if they enter the home. These pests cannot retain water, so they live in high humidity areas. If you think these pests have taken over your home, call Nashville Pest Control.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
The pill bug is only about ½ an inch long. Pill bugs have a unique segmented appearance that is similar to an armadillo. They have 7 pairs of legs and 2 antennae, and are brown or grey in color.
Habitat and Behavior:
Pill bugs can be typically found hiding outside. They hide underneath compost, mulch, leaf piles, stones, landscaping ties, and cracks. During the night, they feed on decaying organic materials and may accidentally enter homes through cracks in the foundation.
They are incapable of retaining water, so they need to live in high humidity areas.
When they do enter the home, they typically hide in basements, crawl spaces, and laundry rooms. They will invade in large numbers.
If they are scared or threatened, they will roll themselves into a ball.
Level of Danger:
Pill bugs are not dangerous, but if they infest your home, they can be incredibly annoying.
Signs of Infestation:
The best sign of infestation is seeing the pill bug around your home. However, if they do make it inside, most of the time the environment is too dry for them to survive for an extended period of time.
The best way to prevent an infestation is to remove moisture from inside your home. They cannot survive without it, so if there is no moisture, they will die soon after coming inside. Just to be safe, call Nashville Pest Control to make sure the pest won’t cause a long-lasting problem in your home.