Pillbugs (Rollie Pollies)

Armadillilium vulgare
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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.

Pest Stats

Color

Dark brown to black

Legs

Seven pair

Shape

Oval; round when rolled up

Size

3/4"

Antennae

Yes

Region

Found throughout U.S.

Pillbug Photos

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Habits

Pillbugs eat decaying vegetable material and are most active at night. They are known for their ability to roll into a ball.

Habitat

Pillbugs live in moist locations. They are found under damp objects or under vegetable debris.

Threats

Pillbugs do not spread diseases or invade food products. However, the pillbug is often considered a pest when it gains entry into a home.