Pill Bugs - Knowledgebase Question

Arverne, Ne
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Question by lucy45
June 30, 2010
This season I have been over run with Pill Bugs/Roly Poly Bugs... They are eating my beautiful annuals in containers, infested in my perennial raised garden beds, and in what was my lush green lawn...needless to say they are EVERYWHERE!!! I have not used any pesticides in my garden, BUT.... Ithink I need to, and I am not sure what and how...
Thanks for the advice... I am desperate

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Pillbugs, or sowbugs, are one of those beneficial soil dwelling critters that consumes decaying organic debris. They help break down dead plant matter, so killing them isn't recommended. Sometimes their populations, especially in cool, damp soils, gets overwhelming and they begin to attack living plant material. You can trap them by placing damp folded newspapers on the soil in the evening. The bugs will crawl between the folds to hide. In the morning pick up the newspapers and put them in the compost pile, where the bugs will help break down plant debris. After a few days of transporting the bugs out of your garden, you won't have such a problem with them, and they'll be in the compost where they can do the most good. If you don't have a compost pile, just toss the papers in the trash.

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