Sow bugs are oval bugs about one centimeter in size. Their bodies typically are rounded with seven pairs of legs and two pairs of antennae.
They are sometimes referred to as woodlouse, are not really bugs at all. They are crustaceans that live on land. Sowbugs can’t roll up when they are disturbed like pillbugs. Also, sowbugs have two appendages that look like tails, whereas pillbugs do not.
They feed on organic material and thrive in moist habitats. They most often enter homes via ground-level doors and windows. They have also been known to get into garages or damp basements through structural cracks in home foundations.
A variety of things attract sowbugs to yards and homes including mulch, leaves, and other plants. They can often be found in mulch around foundations, bushes, and in the gardens. That is where they feed decomposing organic matter. Since most areas inside a home are dry, they usually die rather quickly after they come inside.
The short answer is no. While they may live in houseplant soil, they usually cause little damage and do not cause harm. Generally speaking, they are just a nuisance. They do not bite or sting and are harmless to humans. However, their presence inside usually means that there is a larger population outside the home.
Here at BioShield, our technicians are trained to gently treat the infestation of sowbugs around one’s home. That being said, there are a few things you can do to prevent sowbugs from residing around your premises.