Pillbugs, Roly-Polys - Clark Pest Control


Pill Bugs

Physical Characteristics

The adult Pillbug is about 1/4" 5/8" long and have almost a slatted over lapping armor look to their body. In color, the Pillbug is slate gray.


The Pillbug are often called roly-polys because they will roll up on a tight ball when disturbed and are not insects but land dwelling crustaceans.

Pillbugs are inactive and hidden during the day to reduce water loss and often found under trash, boards, rocks, flower pots, piles of grass clippings, flower bed mulch and around building exteriors.

Pillbugs gain access indoors by door thresholds, sliding glass doors, once inside they usually do not survive more than a couple of days. The Pillbug is a scavenger and feeds on decaying organic matter and can occasionally injure young plants.


Most infestations can be controlled with Clark's Year Round Pest Control. (yard spray)