How to control sowbugs - Knowledgebase Question

Warren, MI (Zone 5B)
Question by curious_r_u6
July 12, 2007
I recently moved to a different after planting my annuals/coleus I noticed holes throughout the leaves of all my daisies first (4 different varieties) then my rose bushes were attacked. HELP how do I control these pests while leaving the yard safe for my dog?

Answer from NGA
July 12, 2007


Sowbugs usually feed on decaying organic debris and only attack plants if there is a huge population and lots of competition for food. If this is what's happening in your garden, the safest way to control them is to trap them. I use a few sheets of newspaper rolled up into a tube and then dampened. Make several traps and lay them in the garden near the affected plants. Sowbugs will crawl into them at night; in the morning you can simply fold over both open ends and toss the trap into the garbage. Set new traps out every evening and within a week or two you should have eliminated most of the population. If not, continue to lay traps. Eventually you'll get control of sowbugs. This also works for earwigs and slugs - just in case.

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