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Pill Bug, Sow Bug, Potato Bug

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Sow Bug Pill Bug (Potatoe Bug) Picture

 Pill Bug,Sow Bug,(Roly Poly Bug)
A pill bug and a sow bug are sometimes refered to as a potatoe bug

Home remedy to get rid of pill bugs and sow bugs (potatoe bug) - Tie a
roll of damp newspaper with string and leave it in the garden or basement overnight.
They will crawl inside and you can dispose of the newspaper
 rolls in the morning.

To kill sow or pill bugs sprinkle all natural diatomaceous earth anywhere they are a problem. Works great in gardens, basements, and around decks and foundations. Crawling insects will dehydrate shortly after coming in contact with DE.

Diatomaceous Earth

What is the difference between a sow bug and a pill bug? Pill bugs and sow bugs are quite similar in appearance. Anyone who has every flipped over a board lying on the ground has seen one or both. They are not insects, but are second cousins. The pill bug will roll up in a ball when disturbed. The sow bug cannot ball up. It has two tail-like appendages on the tip of its abdomen.

Life Cycle of the pill bug and sow bug (potatoe bug).  A pill bug and sow bug begins its life as a tiny egg. The young pill bug looks almost like a miniature adult. As it grows, it molts (sheds its old, outgrown exoskeleton) 4 to 5 times.

Food
Isopods (which are pill bugs and sow bugs) are omnivores or scavengers feeding on dead or decaying plants or animals. Some may eat live plants. Pill bugs live in an arrangement where the father reigns supreme. He guards the burrow in which the family lives. The monogamous pair (the mother and father) gather food for the entire pill bug family. Then, the entire family cleans the burrow of fecal pellets. Fecal pellets are carried outside the pill bugs burrow around the entrance. In February the family disbands and the young pill bugs set out to make new families of their own.

Habitat
Isopods(pill bug Sow bug) breathe with gills, so they are restricted to areas with high humidity, under rocks or logs, in leaf litter or in crevices. Some species are nocturnal. Pill bugs living in gardens can definitely be seen as an asset to humans, for they help circulate soil without eating the crop.

Strange pill bug fact--Pill bugs are like bunnies because they eat their poop when they dont have any other food. Pill bugs protect themselves with a hard shell on their backs, and they give off a stink like a skunk. Pill bugs also carry their babies like a kangaroo in a pouch. Pill Bugs may have hundreds of babies in the pouch at the same time!

 

Questions About Pillbugs And Sowbugs
Do potato bugs sting or bite?
We would like to know if they ARE POISONIOUS!!! I Have a baby crawling
around the house, and I'm scared he might get stung by one!! PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Answer or do potato bugs sting or bite
Sowbugs and pillbugs (potato bugs) do not bite, sting, or transmit diseases, nor do they infest food, clothing or wood. They are simply a nuisance by their presence.

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Potato bug extermination. HI I HOPE YOU CAN HELP US. LATELY SINCE ABOUT FEB. OF THIS YEAR WE ALL OF A SUDDEN HAVE HAD A LOT OF POTATO BUGS INSIDE OUR HOME AND OUT SIDE I AM SURE. IT IS USUAL TO HAVE 1 OR 2 A YEAR BUT I KID YOU NOT WE HAVE HAD MAYBE 25 TO 30 JUST SINCE FEB NOW I HAVE LIVED HERE FOR FIVE YEARS AND DO NOT REMEMBER SEEING THEM IN THE PAST BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THEY WEREN'T HERE. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM INSIDE AS WELL AS OUT NOW. I HAVE FOUND THEM ALIVE AS WELL AS DEAD SO PLEASE HELP ME OUT FOR I HAVE 2 SMALL CHILDREN. 1 WHO IS JUST A YEAR OLD AND STILL PUTS EVERYTHING IN HIS MOUTH THAT HE PICKS UP SO. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND HELP

Potato bug extermination
If the insects you are seeing are pill bugs or sow bugs(which are sometimes are called potato bugs), non toxic diatomaceous earth powder works quite well in controling them. These bugs usually come from damp and moist areas of your home such as your basement and outside foundation. Spreading diatomaceous earth powder in these areas will help to control them inside and outside of your house, but may take a little time. You may be seeing more than usual this year because of all the heavy rain you have gotten in your area.

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