Sow Bugs

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What Are Sow Bugs?

Sow bugs are arthropods and are closely related to shrimp and crayfish. They need to live in a moist environment in order to survive. They are approximately ¼ to ½ an inch in length and are a dark grey color. They have a segmented body with seven pairs of legs, two pairs of antennae, and two tail-like appendages that protrude from the rear of their bodies. When threatened or disturbed they can roll themselves up into a ball, which is why they are sometimes referred to as roly-polys.

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Things You Should Know:

Sow bugs are scavengers and feed on decaying matter.

Sow bugs are not dangerous to humans and they do not sting or bite.

Sow bugs need areas of high moisture to survive.

Seeing sow bugs inside indicates that there may be an infestation around the outside of your home.

Why Are They In My House?

Sow bugs are scavengers and feed on decaying organic material. They are commonly found around the outside of New York homes in areas of high moisture such as mulch, compost, and under stones and flower pots. Sow bugs enter homes on the ground level and may enter first floors, basements, and crawl spaces; they cannot survive indoors for more than a few days. If you see sow bugs in your home that usually means that there is a large infestation around the outside of your home.

Are Sow Bugs Dangerous?

Sow bugs do not bite or sting, and do not pose a threat to health. They are considered a nuisance pest and may cause damage to plants on your property.

What Does It Take To Get Rid Of Sow Bugs?

Getting rid of sow bugs and other pests is a task best left to the trained pest control professionals at Parkway Pest Services. Our pest control services for homes and businesses on Long Island, Brooklyn, and throughout our pest control service area will be able to solve your sow bug problem.


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How Soon Can You Get Here?

At Parkway, we understand that it is important to you to take care of your pest problem as soon as possible; therefore it is important to us, as well. Emergency and same day service is available and in most cases we can be there the very next day.

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Is The Treatment Safe?

Here at Parkway Pest Services, our third generation family owned and operated New York City pest control company takes pride in protecting people and property and utilize Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, meaning treatments are much safer for you and your family. IPM techniques include far fewer uses of chemicals, using them only as a last resort.

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How Can I Prevent A Future Infestation?

Minimizing the moisture levels in your home and removing hiding places found near the foundation can help to prevent sow bugs from entering your house. Partnering with Parkway Pest Services is the best way to prevent sow bugs and other household pests from infesting areas in and around your home. Contact us today to learn more about our pest control services!


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