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Roly-poly

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The roly-poly has many names, depending on where you live. Also known as a pill bug or sow bug, it is typically ⅜ inch in size and can be found throughout the U.S. It is most recognizable through the seven hard, individual plates that make up its back, which it uses to roll into a ball to defend itself against predators. It has an oval-shaped body, seven pairs of legs, and ranges from gray, dark brown, and black.

The roly-poly is medically harmless. It can seek refuge indoors during warm and cold temperatures, becoming a nuisance to homeowners. Prevent roly-polies from invading your home by sealing potential exterior points of entry. If they enter your home, use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of them and quickly dispose of the bag.

For more information, please visit www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/occasional-invaders/pillbugs.

 

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