How to Get Rid of Rollie Pollies

ByGary Gillen

How to Get Rid of Rollie Pollies

What Should You Know About Rollie Pollies? 

If you’ve spotted roly-polies around your house, commonly known as pill bugs or sow bugs, it’s essential to note that they aren’t insects at all. These fascinating creatures are terrestrial crustaceans, sharing more genetic similarities with lobsters, crabs, and shrimp than with typical insects. They have unique breathing mechanisms through gills and are often found in lawn debris.

Rollie pollies prefer to feed at night, and during the daytime, they seek refuge beneath grass or debris that retains moisture. If you encounter them in daylight, it’s a sign that there’s lawn debris around your house. While they play a beneficial role in composting, consuming soil and debris, they can also feed on tender leaves of certain vegetation, making them less-than-ideal neighbors.

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Are They A Threat?

The good news is that roly-polies pose no threat in terms of stinging or biting. However, their presence can become a nuisance.. If you find them indoors, it indicates an accumulation of these crustaceans around the exterior of your house.

How Do You Prevent Them? 

To prevent a roly-poly invasion, focus on eliminating lawn debris, especially near doors and slabs. Make sure there’s no grass or leaves piled up around entry points, creating a cool, dark, and moist environment that attracts them during the day. By addressing these areas, you can discourage roly-polies from gathering near your home.

What Should You Consider?

It’s crucial to note that the presence of roly-polies might be an indicator of other insects. If you’re dealing with these terrestrial crustaceans, it’s worthwhile to explore broader pest management strategies. For a comprehensive guide on keeping various bugs out permanently, consider watching our video titled “Keeping Bugs Out Permanently.” This resource may offer valuable insights into managing not only roly-polies but other insects as well.


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