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Pill Bugs

What are pill bugs?

illustration of pill bug

Adult pill bugs grow to be about ½ an inch in length. They have a unique segmented appearance that is likened to that of an armadillo.

Pill bugs have 7 pairs of legs, two antennae, and are brown or gray.

When they feel scared or are being threatened, they will roll themselves into a complete ball, because of this, they are often referred to as rollie pollies.

Pill bugs are closely related to shrimp, crabs, and lobsters; and are a type of land living crustacean.

Are pill bugs dangerous?

Pill bugs are not a dangerous pest. They do not cause any health problems in people and are not known to contaminate food sources. However, pill bugs can invade homes in large numbers becoming a huge nuisance that should be eliminated from your home.

Why do I have a pill bug problem?

Typically, pill bugs are found hiding outside underneath compost, mulch, leaf piles, stones, landscaping ties, and in the cracks beside driveways, foundations, and sidewalks. At night they will emerge to feed on decaying organic materials and may accidentally enter homes through cracks and crevices found in the foundation and crawl spaces or underneath exterior doors. Pill bugs cannot retain water in their bodies and in order to survive need to live in areas that have a high humidity level. Inside homes, they are typically found in basements, crawlspaces, and laundry rooms.

How do I get rid of pill bugs?

Pill bugs can invade homes in large numbers and will invade the hard-to-reach areas making finding, treating, and eliminating all invaders hard to accomplish. Getting help from a pest control expert that has experience eliminating pill bugs is the most effective way to get rid of an infestation. At All-American Pest Control, we can help find and eliminate all pill bugs and other common household pests from your home through our year-round Perimeter Pest Control plan or our Green Choice pest control program.


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Can I do it myself?

DIY Pest control products found at hardware stores are not only often ineffective against pill bugs and other household pests, but they can also be dangerous for you, your family, and your pets to be around, especially if they are not mixed or placed properly. The best way to safely and completely get rid of these pests and to prevent a re-infestation is to get help from a professional pill bug control expert. If pill bugs have infested your home, contact the experts here at All-American Pest Control today.

Why choose All-American Pest Control?

With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort, and patience it takes to solve any pest problem, including problems with pill bugs. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive quality services, thorough treatments, and a commitment to solving your pest problem from our trained, experienced, and friendly pest control experts in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

How can I prevent problems with pill bugs in the future?

Along with putting in place a year-round pest control program from the pest control experts at All-American Pest, the following prevention tips can help to prevent problems with pill bugs in your home:

  • Install door sweeps underneath all exterior doors, especially basement doors.

  • Caulk gaps found around any exterior doors, including sliding glass doors.

  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to reduce humidity levels.

  • Store woodpiles up off the ground and away from the outside of your home.

  • Remove piles of leaves, grass, and other organic debris from your property, especially any that are located near your home.

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