Pillbugs and Sowbugs

The pill bug is the only crustacean that can spend its entire life on land. Their shells look like armor and they are known for their ability to roll into a ball. Sometimes children call them rollie-pollies. Most pill bugs live for up to two years. They are most active at night.

Pill Bug Description

Size: 3/4″
Pill Bug, Sow Bug, Rollie PollieShape: Oval
Color: Dark brown to black
Legs: 7 pair
Wings: No
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: Pill Bug
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Isopoda
Family: Armadillidiidae
Species: Armadillilium vulgare

Pill Bug Diet

Pill bugs mostly eat rotting vegetation like vegetables.

Pill Bug Habitat

Pill bugs live in wet locations. They are found under damp objects or in organic garbage. If pill bugs enter a building, they will often dry out and die.

Impact

Pill bugs do not spread diseases or contaminate food.

Pill Bug Prevention

* Keep your homes and the areas around your home clean and dry.

For information on removing unwanted pest form your home or yard in Knoxville, Sevierville and East Tennessee contact Johnson Pest Control at 865-453-7587.

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