Pill Bugs/Sow Bugs

Sow Bugs- A tough pill to swallow…

Pill bugs are technically crustaceans, closely related to shrimp and crayfish, that have adapted to live on land. They are known for their ability to roll into a ball when in danger, using their armour-like outer shell to thwart predators.

Pill and sow bugs are most active at night and seek out damp locations, living around organic garbage and rotting wood. For the most part, pillbugs will die quickly if they enter a home unless they have ample amounts of moisture and food.

Sow and Pill bugs prefer to munch on rotting vegetation and will jump for joy if you keep a composting bin on your property.


Identify Pillbugs

  • Colour: usually dark grey to a dusty white colour. Maybe be a solid colour, or have a natural, “rock” pattern
  • Shape: rounded bodies, covered in segmented, armour-like plating with 7 pairs of legs and 2 pairs of antennae
  • Size: 1/4 to 1/2 ” long


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