Sowbug Information


Sowbugs are approximately ½” in length and they are slate gray or brown in color.  They have flat, oval-shaped bodies, jointed antennae, fourteen legs, and very small, round heads.  A Sowbug is also referred to as a Woodlouse.


Location and Behavior Patterns: 

Sowbugs tend to stay outdoors, but may enter a home through small cracks and crevices.  When found outside, they tend to stay in moist, protected environments, such as; underneath piles of brush, leaves, mulch, and other similar places.  They feed on decaying organic matter.  When indoors, they may be found among houseplants or in dark areas, such as in a basement or in a crawl space.

Sowbugs and many other pests are not harmful to humans, nor do they destroy property.  They are considered a nuisance pest.  Generally, they are left alone, unless a large infestation has occurred.


The best way to treat for Sowbugs is to provide preventative measures, such as eliminating piles of debris around your property, or riding your property of excessive moist areas.  It is also important to seal any cracks or crevices that you have around your building materials, in order to prevent them from entering your home.  Insecticide is also an effective way to treat for Sowbugs.      

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