Pill bugs are arthropods, belonging to the family Armadillidiidae of the order Isopoda. They are given the name because they can roll themselves in the shape of a pill. They are also known as rolly-pollies. The most widely occurring species is the common pill bug or Armadillidium vulgare.
Like other species of woodlice, you can easily identify these bugs from their hard brownish exoskeleton and defensive posture, i.e. rolling into the shape of a ball. They mostly live in moist and damp areas, but you can also find some species in dry conditions. They are nocturnal and tend to hide during the day time.
How to Get Rid of Pill Bugs in Garden
Most gardening hobbyists do not categorize pill bugs as pests. Rather, they are of the opinion that these bugs are beneficial for converting decayed vegetation into humus. However, if you notice pill bugs feeding on tender seedlings, you can refer to the following tips for controlling them:
✤ Diatomaceous Earth - One of the facts about diatomaceous earth is that it is a mild natural pesticide, which is very effective for controlling pill bugs in the garden. You can spray this dust near the young seedlings to prevent pill bugs.
How to Get Rid of Pill Bugs in the House
If Pill bugs enter the house in very large numbers, it can be quite frustrating. Though they are not pests, the thought of bugs in the house is very annoying. As they require moisture to breathe, they are mostly present under wash basins, floor drains and basements. Effective tips to get rid of bugs in the houseplants and inside house are discussed here.
✤ Remove Food Source - Clean vegetation and garbage on a regular basis. Once you deprive the food source, they will die due to lack of food.
✤ Fill Cracks and Crevices - Check the exterior of the house, particularly near the foundation for any cracks and crevices. If present, you can caulk the cracks on the window and door frames.
✤ Use Dehumidifier - You can use a home dehumidifier. Place it in the basements and other damp and moist areas. Ensure that you run the dehumidifier for 2-3 consecutive days.
As far as garden plants are concerned, pill bugs rarely harm the established or matured plants. Hence, you need to control them, only when the plants are in the seedling stage. Nevertheless, if you still notice infestations of these bugs, take help from professional pest control services.