Getting Rid of Pill Bugs

These arthropods are also called sow bugs, wood louses and roly polies, and live on the ground in moist places. This guide is about getting rid of pill bugs.

June 1, 2004 Flag
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In our garden, we have a huge infestation of pill bugs. In fact, it is so bad that if you stick a small shovel in and pull out a little bit of dirt, you uncover about 20 ants, 40 -50 pillbugs, and 1 or 2 worms. I know the worms are good, but I'm worried about the pill bugs. Does anyone have a cure? Oh, I've heard about how you could grind the pill bug bodies and mix with water to make an insecticide, is that true?

Please help.

April 11, 20080 found this helpful

Pill bugs, they are easy to catch. The tools you will need: stick, bin(or a cup) it is real easy. Just look under rocks or damp logs. Now poke them with your stick(not hard).They will go into thier ball. Then just pick them upand set them in the container.

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July 14, 20080 found this helpful

Pill bugs (or roly poly's as I have always called them) feed primarily on decaying matter. I have observed them in my garden for long periods of time, and done a little research, just to figure out what they are doing (I obviously have no life (but am afterall, a geeky scientist)). In my garden, they are certainly prolific, but appear to chow down on the remnants of my compost pile that hadn't completely broken down. These observations have put my mind at rest, and confirmed that these crustaceans are actually beneficial to the health of my garden. However, I might also point out that my small garden consists only of peppers, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce--that is to say, they may have an appetite for other plant varieties and thus could potentially wipe out a garden of other plant species (although I think this is rare and unlikely). Most crustaceans in this world (be them terrestrial or aquatic) are primarily scavengers--they are the "garbage men" of the microcosmic insect world. They eat fungus, molds, and other dead things and play a beneficial role in the cycle of nutrients. If you have vegetative plants that are dying, it is likely the cause of some other perpetrator--likely one that you cannot see with the bare eye. Roly-poly's in your garden, in my opinion, are a sign of a healthy nutrient exchange. Look in to other likely pests such as aphids, parasites, or even vegetative diseases.

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February 24, 20090 found this helpful

These little buggers may eat live plants on a small scale -- but my whole garden is small scale. I plant one tomato plant, and last year I had to collar my third attempt with a plastic cup to keep the isopods from munching its juicy little stem. Of course, it got such a late start by then that it only produced flowers before frost, no fruit.

I will try the yogurt container trap. I did have a little luck sprinkling corn meal in the garden with it killing both isopods and millipedes, but it only worked once. Once my plants are established, I don't think they'll cause much trouble. Its just a matter of keeping the population low in the spring and early summer.

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April 3, 20090 found this helpful

Don't let these little critters fool you. I planted $150 in pansies a few weeks ago and they are totally gone now. Stems, leaves, flowers etc. There is absolutely no trace that plants were ever there. They devoured everything! And they were the healthiest pansies I've ever bought. By the time I figured out what was going on, the plants were too devastated to save. They are voracious little tikes and if you plant annuals and pay good money, you had better buy some diatomacious earth or something to get rid of the pill bug population if you have one. I will the next time I plant in a few weeks, that's for sure. I live in the Dallas - Ft. Worth area

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October 1, 20100 found this helpful

November 4, 2008 Flag
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How do I get rid of Pill bugs in my house?


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November 5, 20080 found this helpful

Can you just collect them by hand and put them out behind the garage?

Pesticides are poison and should only be used as the very last resort. Try googling "pill bug" (with quotes) and "natural control" and see what you get.

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November 6, 20080 found this helpful

We live in Missouri and found that hiding "hedge apples" around in the house gets rid of pill bugs & keeps them away.

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