wood louse

Roly Poly

So many names

Wood Louse…Pill Bug…Sow Bug…Roly Poly. Different names but same bug pest. The louse needs moisture to live. They feed on decaying vegetable matter, dead insects, leaves and roots of young plants. They are harmless and pose no danger to humans.

You will find them under rocks, rotting boards, flower pots, and in rotting vegetation, wherever there is moisture. Woodlice come indoors mainly during the winter and early spring. Once Woodlice find their way indoors, particularly in warm dry rooms, they will die from water loss within a day or so. They may survive, however, under sink units in kitchens and bathrooms for some days, or even longer, particularly if they have access to food debris.


Wood lice can be controlled by sanitation…cleaning, and eliminating damp spots. So simple.

CHEMICAL CONTROL Use an insecticidal barrier of dust or spray to get rid of this bug who has all these aliases.