This pest is the only crustacean that has become completely adapted to spending its life on land. Sowbugs have oval bodies and seven pairs of legs. They are easily recognized by their back, which is made up of seven hard individual plates. Sowbugs are sometimes referred to as rollie-pollies.

Pest Facts

Color: Dark brown to black
Legs: Fourteen
Shape: Oval; round when rolled up
Size: 3/4 inches
Antennae: Yes
Flying: No

Sowbugs eat decaying vegetable material and are most active at night. They are known for their ability to roll into a ball.

Sowbugs live in moist locations. They are found under damp objects or under vegetable debris.

Sowbugs do not spread diseases or invade food products. However, the sowbug is often considered a pest when it gains entry into a home.

Sowbugs can be avoided by eliminating food sources such as vegetable or plant debris. If sowbugs enter a structure, they will often dry out and die.