Category: Miscellaneous

Scientific Name: Various. Crustacea/Isopoda/Various



Color: Body is dark to slate gray

Size: Body can grow up to 16 mm long

Region: Found throughout the US

Important Considerations:

  • Sowbugs curl up into a loose ball when they are disturbed
  • They are confined to living in areas of high moisture, due to them having an open respiratory system
  • The amount of young per brood averages about 24, and there are usually 2 broods per year
  • Adults have a short life span and may live up to 2 years
  • Sowbugs are inactive during the day and stay hidden under objects to reduce their loss of moisture
  • These bugs feed on decaying organic material, such as plant matter


Where to Find Them on Your Property?

You may find Sowbugs in areas such as underneath trash, boards, rocks, flower pots, piles of grass, mulch, and other types of decaying vegetation. Sowbugs can sometimes enter buildings through door thresholds, especially doors with homes on the ground level. They likely won’t survive in homes for more than a couple days due to the lack of moisture. Indoor invaders usually mean that there is a large population right outside of your building.