Eliminate Pillbugs in NJ and PA with Cooper
What is a Pillbug?
Pillbugs are small, dark grey crustaceans with oval-shaped bodies that are covered in segmented plating. They are nocturnal and prefer to live in moist places, so they are often found under rocks or hiding under other objects that are damp underneath. Pillbugs roll up into a ball when they are frightened (giving them their nickname—“roly polys”), eat only organic matter, and are totally harmless.
Why do I have them?
Pillbugs are most commonly found inside at or below ground level in basements and crawl spaces. They seek out damp areas, but the moisture found in a house is often not enough to support them and they die within days. They usually find their way indoors through small cracks and crevices and simply by going over thresholds.
Why should I be concerned with Pillbugs?
Pillbugs are harmless insects and are no cause for concern, unless their presence in your home bothers you. They cannot survive more than a few days inside unless they have found an unusually moist area to hide, so their presence could be indicative of a moisture problem. However, if you are seeing large numbers of them it could mean that there are exceedingly large numbers living around your home.
How do I get rid of Pillbugs?
Most pillbugs will simply die on their own due to lack of moisture, and they can be vacuumed up. However, to prevent more from entering you home you should take as many measures as possible to reduce the amount of clutter of any sort accumulating around your foundation and keep your home and foundation as free of moisture as possible. You can also seal entry points so they can′t get inside. Applications of pesticides on the exterior of the structure can also be effective in keeping pillbugs out of your home.
What service options are available?
Cooper′s pillbug treatment consists of an application of pesticide to the exterior of the structure to reduce the number of pillbugs entering your home.
This treatment can occur as a one-time treatment, or as part of a home maintenance service, though the Home Intensive service will also provide sealing of potential entry points.
What Do It Yourself (DIY) options are available?
If you are seeing dead pillbugs in your home you can simply remove them by vacuuming them up. Also, you can try to improve any moisture problems in your home or around your foundation and remove any organic matter or objects (like stones or flower pots) near your foundation. Lastly, you can keep out pillbugs by sealing any cracks and crevices.
How soon can you get here?
At Cooper Pest Solutions, our goal is to provide fast, convenient service, with the peace of mind that you are in good hands. We understand that pest problems can be stressful and overwhelming, so we strive to have one of our representatives meet with you the same day or very next day.
Is the treatment environmentally friendly?
There are many eco-friendly options available for pillbug control. In addition, all products used by Cooper Pest Solutions are EPA registered for pest control use. Our highly trained pest control professionals will follow all appropriate label requirements in an effort to keep pets and humans safe.
How can I prevent Pillbugs in the future?
Making the area around your foundation less hospitable to them is the best way to prevent pillbugs. This means that you should make sure that water drains away from your foundation by using gutters and drain spouts, or by making sure that the ground slopes away from the home so that the water does not collect around the foundation. In addition to keeping moisture away from the area, you should also remove as many potential hiding places for pillbugs as you can. For instance, you don′t want to have stones or grass clippings, etc. right next to your foundation. Also, you can make it harder for the bugs to get in by sealing cracks and crevices, especially around doors and low windows.