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Homeowners are probably aware of pillbugs, which are also known as sowbugs or rollie-pollies, in reference to their ability to roll into a ball.

If you incorporate pest management procedures into your daily routines, you won't have to worry about them entering your home. Though they don't carry any diseases or infest food products, their presence is still unwelcome in houses, according to the National Pest Management Association.

Understand their behaviour

Pillbugs are not, in fact, insects. They're actually crustaceans that live on land. In fact, the NPMA pointed out that they're the only crustaceans that have completely adapted to land life. They're more closely related to crayfish than insects.


As interesting as this may be, you still don't want pillbugs crawling around your home, so taking preventative measures is essential. They feed on decaying vegetable material and prefer moist environments. However, they don't tend to survive for long if they manage to make their way into homes, even if it's a relatively humid space.

Start outside

Pillbugs are usually found in moist plant beds. Therefore, if you've got a green thumb and are particularly proud of your garden, it may be time to move your plants, flowers and vegetables a little further from the house. Other areas of concern include stacks of firewood, which can retain moisture. Dry these out and store them away from areas with soil to ensure that pillbugs won't use them as a pathway to your windows.

Cracks and crevices along the house can seem harmless, but pillbugs are only about 3/4-inch long, so they don't need a lot of room to squeeze into your home. Fill in any areas that may be prone to these crustaceans. Doing so will also be beneficial in keeping out other pests that may carry diseases.

Reach out for help

If you're concerned about a potential pillbug infestation or have found some in your home but can't locate the source of the problem, reaching out to pest control services such as Abell Pest Control will ensure that your home only houses residents who are welcome to stay. These experts will be able to pinpoint the origin and will resolve the issue quickly and effectively, allowing you to return to your everyday tasks without having to worry about running into one of these nuisances.

Abell Pest Control is a family owned Canadian company dedicated to providing effective, professional and courteous service in pest management. Abell is proud to announce its 90th year of providing quality pest control services to North America. Started in 1924 with one office, Abell now employs several hundred people with branch offices across Canada and the United States.

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