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Woodlice (Porcellio scaber)

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Appearance

Woodlice have oval segmented bodies and seven pairs of legs. They are grey with 10-15mm long bodies and prominent antennae. They are also commonly called sow-bugs, slaters and pill-bugs. They are easily identified by their back which is made of 7 individual plates.

Habits

  • Woodlice live in moist locations.
  • They are found under damp objects, rocks, plant debris and doormats.
  • Woodlice eat rotting vegetable material and are mostly active at night.
  • They often cluster together to conserve moisture.
  • They hibernate during the winter and can live up to three years.
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Threats

Woodlice do not carry diseases or invade food products. They basically are scavengers of decomposing organic matter but are reputed to be a nuisance pest if they occur indoors.

Prevention

Woodlice can be avoided by eliminating food sources such as vegetable or debris. More often than not, when Woodlice enter a building, they frequently dry out and die.

There is usually no treatment needed but if they persist you can use an insecticidal powder or a residual spray treatment around the door thresholds and other entry points.

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