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What Are Pillbugs? 

Pillbugs are unique creatures. Two facts about these pests are that they are the only land-living crustaceans, and when disturbed, they can roll into a ball as a way to defend themselves.


Adult pillbugs grow to about three-quarters of an inch long and have a segmented hard shell that covers their body. Pillbugs are scavengers, feeding on decaying plant leaves and other decomposing materials. Their feeding habits are beneficial in garden areas helping to get rid of decaying plant materials. Pillbugs become an unwanted nuisance when they find their way into our homes and other structures. 

Pillbug Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Are pillbugs dangerous?

Pillbugs are active and a problem for Dallas homeowners living in year-round mild climates. They are not very tolerant of extreme weather conditions and will die in very hot or cold weather. 
The most likely reason pillbugs are attracted to your yard and home is excess moisture. Things like clogged gutters, leaky pipes, low-lying areas, and overwatered gardens are places pillbugs congregate. 

Where will I find pillbugs?

Pillbugs are nocturnal and most active at night when they move from their hiding spots and forage for food.
Pillbugs need to live in areas where there is a lot of moisture. Like other crustaceans, they have gills that they breathe through. However, even though they have gills, this organism cannot survive if fully submerged in water. Pillbugs don’t live in ponds or other areas of deep water.


Pillbugs often gather around the foundation of homes and other structures. In residential settings, they are most commonly found living outside in the soil and underneath objects like rocks, landscape ties, trash cans, and other objects that allow water to pool on top of moist soil.
Their proximity to our homes allows them to come inside when the outside environment becomes too hot and dry. When inside, they search for areas of moisture. Damp crawl spaces and basements are places homeowners may find pillbugs. 

How do I get rid of pillbugs?

Locally owned and family-operated, All-Safe Pest & Termite is the best choice to get rid of pillbugs from your home or business. We offer fast response times and peace of mind knowing that your pest problems will be solved and won’t return. Our experienced professionals provide top-quality pest control services using the latest and most effective products to eliminate pillbugs from Dallas properties. Discover why your neighbors choose All-Safe Pest & Termite for their pest control needs. Give us a call today!

How can I prevent pillbugs in the future?

Prevent problems with pillbugs by partnering with All-Safe Pest & Termite and by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Place compost piles away from the outside of your home.

  • Store trash cans up off of the ground and away from the outside walls of your house.

  • Use crushed stone to create a barrier that’s 12 to 18 inches between any grass or garden areas and the foundation of your home.

  • Find and seal all gaps, cracks, and holes in your foundation and under doors.

  • Remove leaf litter, fallen trees, and other decaying organic vegetation from your yard.

  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are working to direct rainwater away from the outside of your house.

  • Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to eliminate excess moisture and keep humidity levels low. 

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