Pill Bugs

How to Identify Pill Bugs

Pill bugs, also known as Sow Bugs, are very common in the New York area. They are crustaceans, just like crayfish and shrimp. Unlike crayfish and shrimp, pill bugs live exclusively on land, yet in moist environments. Pill bugs are about ¼ to ½ inch long, oval in shape, and a dark slate grey in color. One of the most recognizable features of a pill bug is that they roll up into a tight ball when disturbed. Many people refer to pill bugs as “rolly pollies” because of this trait.

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Pill Bug


Pill bugs feed on decaying wood. Most infestations are in damp basements, and rarely create a problem with humans. Still, they are not nice to have around. 


Pill Bugs do not bite or sting, cause damage or carry pathogens. They can be a good food source for other pests and their presence indicates that there are openings in your structure that can let other pests in.

Damage Plants

Pill bugs may damage the roots of plants while feeding.


While pill bugs don't bite, sting, or transmit diseases, they are generally considered a nuisance pest to New York homeowners.

How We Knock Out Pill Bugs

Knockout Pest Control is your local expert at knocking out pill bugs–and we keep them down for the count. Every member of our team receives over 100 hours of classroom instruction and in-the-field training so you are guaranteed a knock out punch to your pest problem every time. We serve all of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester and Rockland Counties.

Call 1-800-244-PEST or 1-800-244-7378 We respond like every pest problem is an emergency with fast, 24-hour service seven days a week. 

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Call 1-800-244-PEST (1-800-244-7378)

We respond like every pest problem is an emergency with fast, 24 hour service seven days a week.

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