What Do Pill Bugs Eat?

Before we explain what pill bugs eat, it might be helpful to know a bit more about these pests. 

What is a pill bug?

Pill bugs, also known as “rollie pollies,” are Isopods. These are crustaceans that have become completely adapted to spending life on land. 

These pests, which can be found around the world, are easily identified by their back, which is made up of seven hard individual plates. In fact, pill bugs earned their name from their ability to roll up into a tight ball when disturbed.

Pill bugs typically enter buildings through door thresholds, especially homes with sliding-glass doors on the ground level. Chances are that, if you spot a pill bug in your home, there is likely a large population living right outdoors. If these pests do make their way indoors, they will not survive for more than a few days without moist conditions and a food supply.

What do pill bugs eat?

Now that you know all about pill bugs, let’s dive into their diets. Pill bugs feed on dead or decomposed plant matter such as rotting vegetation. In addition to this, they’ll also snack on soft decaying plants like grasses and leaves as well as mulch used for landscaping. As such, these pests are often found under damp objects such as logs or in organic garbage. 

Homeowners can prevent future pill bug infestations by eliminating moist sites in and around the home as well as food sources such as vegetable or plant debris. Additionally, proactively remove piles of grass clippings and leaves around the property, store firewood off the ground, and properly ventilate basements, attics, and crawlspaces. 

If a pill bug infestation persists, work with a licensed pest control professional to address the issue.

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