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How To Control Sowbugs


Wherever you have a garden set up, there is a large chance that you will encounter a variety of bugs. Some are destructive pests and others are actually beneficial to the environment. And then there are times where a bug can be a little bit of both. This is especially the case with sowbugs, also known as pill bugs or roly poly bugs.

The sowbug is usually found around areas of moisture and can actually be a helpful bug in gardens and landscaping areas by feeding mainly on decaying matter thus contributing to the decomposition process. However, they can become a pest when the venture on indoors looking for damp places to hang out and food to eat.

Sowbugs are tiny bugs that fall between ½ an inch to ¾ of an inch in length. These slow-moving crustaceans look more closely like crayfish or shrimp than insects. They vary from gray to brown to almost purplish-black in color and have seven pairs of legs, elbowed antennae, and a segmented hard shell-like covering, similar to that of an armadillo.  They live under rocks, logs, mulch, wood chips and all around the home where it is damp, dark and moist.

At Solutions Pest and Lawn we have everything you need to get rid of sowbug infestations in and around your home as well as free advice from our staff of experts who want to make it easy to conduct pest control the DIY way.

How To Get Rid of Sowbugs - Solutions 4 Step Process

A sowbug crawling around here and there out of your home should just be ignored, however if you have been seeing these bugs in large numbers or they have made their way indoors then there should be action taken to control the sowbug population in the area. We recommend an easy to follow 4 step process that will ensure that sowbugs will be a problem of the past.

Step 1: The most important step to get rid of sowbug invasions is moisture control. Sowbugs will always be an ever-present issue if nothing is done to address leaks and dampness in or around your home. Fix leaky pipes and fixtures and any other moisture problems around your home. Outside in your garden try not to overwater as that will also create the perfect conditions for sowbugs to hang out.

Step 2: Outdoors, make sure to remove weeds and clear excess leaves and dead plants that are laying around as these provide perfect habitats for sowbugs.  Eliminate dense vegetation and any debris and mulch as well as these can harbor moisture and attract sowbugs.

Step 3: Use a combination of granules and liquid insecticides for total control of sowbugs. Around the garden and your turf, lay out granules such as Talstar Granules or other similar brands while sowbugs are active and reapply once a month until you do see any further sowbug activity. You can also a broad-spectrum insecticide like Cyonara 9.7 Insecticide around your foundation and ground areas until the sowbug population is no longer active. Use insecticides to create a barrier around your home to keep sowbugs out.

Step 4: Once the sowbugs have been eradicated you are not done yet. Finally, you should implement some exclusion measures such as sealing all cracks and gaps near your foundation with caulk, foam, or fine mesh. This will ensure that sowbugs will have no point of entry into your home.

By following the above steps, you will be able to successfully take care of your sowbug infestation all by yourself! Browse our sowbug control products below. If you have any questions or concerns, we are available via phone or online chat to help you with your order or give you advice on control methods.

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