Pennsylvania Sow Bug Control
Sow bugs mostly live in moist, dark environments. Since they have gills, they only come out at nighttime when there is less evaporation, making it easier to search for food. This makes it necessary for them to stay in areas where the humidity is high, such as under rocks or logs. As omnivores, they scavenge for food, whether from decaying animals or plants.
To protect your home or business from sow bugs, you will need to learn about their behavior, take steps for snow bug control, and find effective treatment options in case an infestation occurs.
What Are Sow Bugs?
Sow bugs are crustaceans that live on land and are ½ inches long. Viking’s certified entomologist explains they have three body parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. Their bodies are segmented into seven parts and they have seven pairs of legs, two sets of antennae, and two uropods that extend from the abdomen.
How to Identify Sow Bugs
Fully developed sow bugs have a rounded top and flat bottom. They have an armadillo-like appearance due to their segmented bodies. They vary from white to dark gray and may or may not have a pattern, explains Viking’s certified entomologist.
Male sow bugs have two long reproductive organs called “copulatory” connected to the abdomen. On the other hand, females have leaf-like structures in some of their legs called “brood pouches.”
What Problems Can Sow Bugs Cause for Pennsylvania Home and Business Owners?
While they do not pose a threat to humans and pets, sow bugs are considered a nuisance pest. Usually, houses are too dry for sow bugs to survive in; however, if there are sow bugs in your home, this means there is a huge population outside, explain the pest management professionals at Viking.
How to Get Rid of Sow Bugs in Pennsylvania
- The best way to prevent sow bugs is by contacting our Pennsylvania pest control experts to restrict their movement. However, our PA exterminations recommend the following sow bug prevention tips:
- Storing woodpiles outside and away from the house.
- Reducing moisture in your home.
- Sealing openings around your doors and windows.
- Installing door sweeps on exterior doors.
- Removing leaves and other organic debris in the yard.
Viking Pest Can Help Control and Prevent Sow Bugs in Pennsylvania
If you have a sow bug problem, contact Viking Pest, the #1 pest control expert in Pennsylvania. Our pest management professionals have the experience needed to eliminate sow bugs at your home or business effectively. Do-it-yourself pest control products disperse the bugs into other areas of your home. Also, if mismanaged, these products could prove hazardous.