Pill Bugs Control Products

Pill Bugs Control Products
Size: Up to 11/16"
Color: Dark brown to black
Habitat: Wet or damp locations
Origin: Native to Europe, found Worldwide
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Pill Bug Control

You may remember playing in your yard as a child and picking up small bugs that slowly roam around in the dirt under potted plants and such. They’re almost the closest thing to a dinosaur that you have witnessed and these land-crustaceans, also known as pill bugs, are the best recognized for their habits of rolling into a tight ball when they are disturbed. This is the reason why they have been given their other common name “roly-poly” and are easily recognized, especially by gardeners and children. Pill bugs are actually not insects but they are arthropods and are closely related to other crustaceans like lobster, shrimp, crawfish, and etc. and can also be related to other arthropods like centipedes and millipedes. They can be found all over the world, including the United States and do not pose as a real threat to people and animals.

Pill Bug Identification

Adult pillbugs are about 7 to 15 mm long. They are known for their hard exoskeleton that is segmented. Their oval shape gives them their common name, pill bug. There is a hard convex that covers their body and underneath, they are very flat or even almost hollow. Fully matured pill bugs are a slate gray color. They have seven pairs of legs and 2 pairs of antennae. The first pair is extremely small and the other pair is readily visible and bent that sticks out of their heads. Usually, their uropoda, which is the pair of appendages on the rear end of their bodies, are short and rounded and many times, it is not visible from the aerial view.

Pill Bug Biology

Pill bugs undergo a simple metamorphosis which means that they will molt as they develop into a fully matured bug. The eggs that are produced by the pillbugs are deposited and hatch inside a brood pouch that is located on the underside of the body. Usually, it takes about 45 days for the egg to fully develop, hatch, and then for the young to fully emerge from the brood pouch. A pill bug can hold around 30 young in its brood pouch and there are about a total of 1 to 3 broods in one year. As soon as they emerge from the pouch, the young pillbugs begin to develop and will go through their first molt within 24 hours. They will molt again in another 14 to 18 days and then will molt again at irregular times, which depends on the availability of food. Once they are fully developed, adult pill bugs can live up to about 2 years, although there have been some reports of pillbugs living longer than that.

Pill Bug Behavior

Pill bugs are unable to survive in dry areas are actually confined to areas that have high moisture content. This is primarily because of their physical biology. Pill bugs actually lack a closing device for their respiratory system. Also, unlike other arthropods, they lack the waxy outer layer on the exoskeleton which prevents water loss. These attributes restrain them from leaving areas of high moisture and make them incapable of surviving in any other area.

Because too much activity during the day promotes water loss, pillbugs remain inactive and hidden under protected materials during the day. They can be found in specific areas that obtain moisture content like under trash bins, boards, rocks, flower pots, flower-bed mulch, grass clippings, and etc.

Unless there is a huge population located on the outside, there is high moisture content, and an adequate food supply, pill bugs will not move indoors because of their incapability to survive in dry areas. They cannot survive for more than a few days.

Pill Bug Diet

Pill bugs feed on decaying organic matter and are considered scavengers. Usually, they will feed on decaying plant matter; however, if there is no adequate food source available, they will occasionally feed on decomposing animal matter as well. Pill bugs do not present a health threat and cannot cause structural or significant agricultural damage. Sometimes, they may hurt young plants but will not feed on them enough to kill them.

How to Get Rid of Pill Bugs

One of the most effective ways to control pill bugs is through prevention. In order to try and prevent pill bug infestations is to make sure to eliminate any sources of moisture than can provide an area of survival. Such materials as grass clippings, leaf litter, lumber, flower pots and stored boxes should be removed from the ground. Also, such places like crawl spaces and basements should be given adequate ventilation.

An appropriately labeled pesticide can be applied to the outer perimeter of buildings, foundation walls, in unfinished basements, crawlspaces, and flower or ornamental plant beds. For long residuals, usually, wet-able powders and microencapsulated formulas will work the best. You can also apply an appropriately labeled dust insecticide in restricted areas like the crawl space and unfinished basements.

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Q. Pill bug problem
My basement is at ground level. The inside is finished and is used as a recreation room. The outer wall has 4-6 foot sliding glass doors that open on to a cement, ground level patio. Pill bug are getting into the inside of the basement and are all over the outside cement patio. What is your best product to treat this issue? I have tried Ortho Home Defense and Triazicide spray both inside and out with limited success. Can you please advise? Thank you
A.   For the control of pill bugs, we would recommend using a granular outdoors.

This will target them from the source as their grubs originate from the grass. We have granules such as Bifen Granulars or Eco Exempt G Granules.

Also, for the meantime to prevent them from enter the home, I would recommend applying a dust around the perimeter of your home, or your basement, in any entry points, around door frames, etc. The dust will kill them by dehydrating them upon contact.

I would recommed using Pyganic Dust.

If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again. Thank you.
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Q. What products can be used to irradicate infestations of pill bugs?
A.   For pillbug control, spreading a granular insecticide on the entire lawn would be a great way to start. Abundant pill bug populations can help indicate a moisture problem. Therefore the surrounding area should be carefully inspected for any water damage. Following up the treatment with a liquid insecticide such as Suspend SC will help prevent future foragers inside homes.
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Q. is there any product that i can use in an apartment that ground level not basement
A.   You can use Suspend SC to spray onto surfaces and perimeters. The residual lasts about 2-3 months.
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Q. If I were to choose one item for indoor control of pillbugs...
Would I choose the Pyganic Dust or Suspend SC? I have a ground floor office of 544 sq. feet. Every summer, during rain season, I get infestation of pillbugs and occasional silverfish for about 4 weeks.
A.   Pyganic Dust and Suspend SC are completely different products that are made with different active ingredient, made of a different formulation, and applied to different areas. However, we do recommend Suspend SC to apply that can be applied in cracks and crevices, on the outdoor areas of the structure, as well as indoor areas of the structure. It has a lasting residual and once it is dried, it is safe to reenter the treated area. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. Why is there a large amount of pill bugs in my home
Iam not sure where they are coming from, Iam assuming the base boards??!! not sure. We do not have a basement, we find them in my husbands bathroom, my sons room and living room, the only place there is wood is the baseboards. Iam not sure what to do, they seem to multiply everyday, it seems the more we kill the more that come back..Help
A.   Rolly Polly, Roly-Poly, Sowbugs, and Pillbugs are all common names that the general public is familiar with. These bugs thrive in areas of high moisture and will stay in tight cracks and crevices. If there is an issue with a leaking pipe or high moisture, you may notice an influx of the infestation. We recommend Suspend SC to apply to all baseboards, door frames, and window frames. Suspend SC is not labeled as an indoor broadcast treatment and is only limited to crack and crevice treatment only.
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Q. Where do I find the products for Pill bugs? Lived here for 23 years and never had them until now. They are in the basement of our house.
A.   Pill bugs are fairly easy to get rid of. They are attracted to moisture sources, so if it is damp or there is a valid moisture source, we recommend inspecting that and making sure you fix the moisture problem. We also recommend the product Suspend SC to get rid of pillbugs. You can spray the perimeter of the home as well as the inside by doors, window frames, around the base of the room, and other crack and crevices. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. Does spreading ceyande pepper help? I know I spelled that wrong. Hope you know what I mean.
A.   Unfortunately, we are unable to understand your inquiry. Please email us at info@pestmall.com and we will try out best to answer all your questions.
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Q. what is the best way to kill phillbug?
they are at my vegetable garden,around my cucambers and tomatos eating leavies. I don't want the veg to be killed
A.   Unfortunately, we do not have a product that you can spray around your vegetable garden as it is a residual insecticide and is potentially very dangerous to use around the garden. We apologize that we were not able to better assist you.
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Q. How do we get rid of the roly poly bugs.
We live in North Texas with dry weather. We do not have a grassy yard for roly poly bugs but we have them in the house during the spring. Our house is built on a slab, we have no water leaks. I disagree that roly poly bugs need moisture to survive. Do you have any suggestions for getting rid of these bugs?
A.   I would suggest the use of Bifen Granules around the outer perimeter of your home or the structure in which you are trying to treat for the roly poly bugs. The granules are a contact kill and will work best if you water them into the ground after application since you live in a dry area.
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is there a lawn fertilizer that promotes and/or helps get rid of pill bug and does grub treatment of the lawn affect a pill bug??
A.   We do not carry any lawn fertilizers that act as an insecticide as well. We apologize for being unable to assist you.
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