Sowbugs, also known as woodlice, are small land arthropods often mistaken for centipedes, millipedes, or insects. However, they are crustaceans with fourteen legs and gills for breathing. Due to their gills, they require a humid environment. Sowbugs primarily feed on decaying plant matter and are considered helpful as they function as “garbage collectors.” Some species can roll up into a ball as a defensive mechanism, protecting their softer body parts with their hard shell.
Sowbugs may look similar to pill bugs upon first glance. They have oval bodies, articulated plates on their backs, seven pairs of legs, and antennae that reach about half their body length. Typically, they are slate gray, measuring around 15 mm in length and 8 mm in width.
These crustaceans are nocturnal and thrive in moist climates. While they can occasionally feed on young plants, they play a vital role in breaking down decaying plant matter, expediting nutrient recycling.
The presence of sowbugs or pillbugs indoors indicates high moisture levels, contributing to problems like mildew, wood rot, and a favorable environment for other pests. To prevent infestations, maintain dry indoor conditions by using exhaust fans and ensuring proper ventilation in crawl spaces and attics. Outdoor measures include clearing excess vegetation, cleaning up leaf debris, and keeping gutters and downspouts in good condition. Seal ground-level cracks and ensure effective weather-stripping on doors, including garage doors. Address moisture issues in garages, basements, and lower levels, and maintain soil levels well below structural wood near your home. While perimeter pesticide sprays may offer temporary relief, addressing the root cause of moisture is crucial to preventing reinfestation. For comprehensive pest control in Edmonton, choose Classic Pest Control. Explore our insect control services in Edmonton.
Sow bugs, also known as woodlice or pillbugs, are common pests that can invade homes and gardens, posing a nuisance to homeowners. While they play a vital role in breaking down decaying organic matter outdoors, they become a problem when they infiltrate living spaces. Classic Pest Control in Edmonton offers comprehensive sow bug extermination services to effectively eliminate these pests and prevent future infestations.
Sow bugs are characterized by their oval-shaped bodies and segmented appearance. They thrive in damp environments and are often found in mulch, leaf litter, or under rocks. When they invade homes, they seek out moisture-rich areas like basements, bathrooms, and crawl spaces.
Our sow bug extermination services begin with a thorough inspection of your property to identify the extent of the infestation and potential entry points. We employ environmentally friendly and targeted treatments to eliminate sow bugs while ensuring the safety of your family and pets. Our experienced technicians use state-of-the-art methods to address current infestations and implement preventative measures to discourage future sow bug activity.
At Classic Pest Control, we understand the importance of maintaining a pest-free environment. Our sow bug extermination services not only eradicate existing infestations but also focus on long-term solutions to keep your home protected. Trust us to deliver reliable and efficient sow bug control, providing you with peace of mind and a pest-free living space in Edmonton and the surrounding areas.