What do Sowbugs/Pill bugs look like?

Both types of bugs are a type of land living crustacean. Sow bugs are rounded on the top and flat on the bottom, and have a similar look to that of an armadillo. They have seven pairs of legs, two antennae and are dark gray in color; they have two appendages on their hind end that resemble a tail. They can roll into a “c” shape when threatened.

Pill bugs have a similar appearance but lack the hind end appendages and can roll completely into a ball when they feel threatened.

Having trouble with Sowbugs/Pill Bugs?

Are these bugs dangerous?

Neither are dangerous; they do not sting or bite humans. They are considered to be nuisance pests.

Why do I have a sow bug/pill bug problem?

Sow bugs and pill bugs often live in the moist soil, landscaping and woodpiles located outside of your home; because they need a moist environment to survive in. Often times if the population is high enough they will find their way into basement and other areas of high humidity in homes through small cracks and crevices.

How do I get rid of sow bugs and pill bugs?

Contact Thomas Pest Services if you need help getting rid of sow bugs and pill bugs. Offering both pest control for the home and commercial pest control in Albany and throughout the Capital District and Adirondack region, our experts are ready to eliminate your pest problems, no matter how severe.

Sowbug/pill bug prevention tips

To prevent sow bug/pill bugs from invading your home you should:


  • Reduce areas of high humidity in your home.
  • Keep firewood stacked off the ground and place a distance from the exterior of your home.
  • Seal cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation.
  • Caulk gaps found around exterior windows and doors.

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