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How do you get rid of rolly pollies in the house? I live in Texas, so it's pretty hot, but the A/C is always running. This is the first time any of us have been hit with rolly pollies. Any suggestions?
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By rita from San Antonio, TX
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First off, let me start by saying a huge thank you for all of the tips regarding mosquito bites. We are eternally grateful. My next question is does anyone have any frugal tips for getting rid of rolly-pollies in the house. We have quite a few, the worst in the downstairs bathtub (none in the tub upstairs, though). I don't like any insects in the house, and even if these rolly-pollies aren't doing any harm (and I don't know if they are), I would rather they stay outside. Any tips would be appreciate.
Donna in KS
I am not certain if this would work, but it is worth a try. Buy some boric acid powder. It is virtually harmless to humans, in fact it is used for medicinal purposes as well. But we used to sprinkle boric acid powder around our kitchen to keep ants and roaches out. No matter how clean your house is there are ants that are attracted to water and roaches that find their way in. We sprinkled it about once a week or so around the backsplash area, in the drawers and cabinets and under the kitchen sink and around the edge of the floor under the edge of the cabinets. This may work for the rolly polies as well. You could sprinkle it around the edge of your bathroom floor and see if that stops them.
Use small Dirt Devil like hand held vacuum. I use the Black and Decker 7.2 volt "Dust Buster". It has a great filter on it that will even allow the animal freaks out there to be happy.
Everything I read about rollie pollies says you more than likely have a moisture problem in your house and no matter what chemicals you use to get rid of them they will continue to come back until you solve the moisture problem. (03/20/2006)
This is a very cheap and effective way to control the problem. Simply buy multiple Tomcat house glue pest boards and place them in areas where you see the little pest the most. It won't stop them from getting in, but you can keep them contained and clean up is neat and painless. This is the best solution by far, try it and see. (10/18/2007)
Rolly pollies like damp or moisturized places and they breath with their gills so they need to stay in wet places. Try not to make too much water spills or leaks around the house. (09/04/2008)