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Sow Bugs

What do sow bugs look like?

Adult sow bugs are rounded on the top and flat on the bottom, their segmented body gives them a very armadillo-like appearance. When sow bugs are threatened their segmented body allows them to roll themselves into a “c” shaped ball. Adult grow to about ½ of an inch in length, they are dark gray in color, have seven pairs of legs, and two appendages coming off their hind end that resembles a tail.

Are sow bugs dangerous?

Sow bugs are a nuisance pest; they are not a danger to people or pets. Sow bugs do not bite or sting and are not known to carry or transmit any serious diseases.

Why do I have a sow bug problem?

Typically sow bugs live outside in moist dark places like in mulch, leaf piles, potted plants, and under landscaping timbers.  They often end up inside homes and structures by accident. Cracks and gaps on the exterior provide the means of entry and if sow bugs find a moist environment (such as basements, crawl spaces and laundry rooms), they may stick around.

Can I control sow bugs?

For effective control of sow bugs and other occasional invaders, Arrow Pest Control recommends a professional solution.  DIY pest control products often cause bugs to disperse into other areas of the home. Also if used or mixed improperly, these products could prove dangerous.  If you’re experiencing a infestation of sow bugs or other pests in our New Jersey service area, please contact Arrow Pest Control.

How do I make my property less attractive to sow bugs?

To deter sow bugs and other pests from finding your property appealing, try the following tips:

  • Seal openings on the exterior of the structure.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors.
  • Reduce moisture in your home.
  • Store woodpiles outside and away from the house.
  • Remove leaves and other organic debris in the yard.
  • Place a barrier of crushed rock between your foundation and mulch or lawn.


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