Meridian pill bugs are also commonly known as the rollie pollie. This is because pill bugs will roll up into a tight ball if they’re disturbed or threatened. An interesting fact about pill bugs: they’re the only crustacean that’s one hundred percent adapted to living on land. Pill bugs are 3/4 of an inch long and can be grey, black or brown in color.
It’s difficult for pill bugs to live inside for more than a few days without the moisture and food source they need to survive. They feed on decaying material, which is usually hard to find indoors. They can also feed on vegetation, which can be detrimental to young plants. If you’re noticing the occasional pill bug inside, you probably have a very large population living outside and one happened to wander in through an open door.
Outside, Meridian pill bugs are mostly found in debris or under moist objects. They’re mostly inactive during the day so that they can retain moisture and are, therefore, considered nocturnal. They like places such as flower beds, mulch, piles of leaves, piles of grass clippings and under rocks or logs.
To get rid of an existing population of pill bugs, find and get rid of any areas of moisture that they would use to live in. Dispose of any piles of leaves or grass clippings and store firewood away from your house. Make sure basements and crawl spaces are ventilated so that there are no areas of moisture in your home. To get rid of any that have wandered inside, you can use a vacuum to suck them up.
If you’re having trouble getting rid of Meridian pill bugs, or any other type of pest, give Get Lost Pest Control a call! Their knowledgeable and friendly technicians will quickly rid your home of any unwanted pests.