This pest is the only crustacean that has become completely adapted
to spending its life on land. Pillbugs have oval bodies and seven
pairs of legs. They are easily recognized by their back, which is
made up of seven hard individual plates. Pillbugs are sometimes
referred to as rollie-pollies.
||Dark brown to black
||Oval; round when rolled up
Pillbugs eat decaying vegetable material and are most active at
night. They are known for their ability to roll into a ball.
Pillbugs live in moist locations. They are found under damp objects
or under vegetable debris.
Pillbugs do not spread diseases or invade food products. However,
the pillbug is often considered a pest when it gains entry into a
Pillbugs can be avoided by eliminating food sources such as
vegetable or plant debris. If pillbugs enter a structure, they will
often dry out and die.