How to get rid of Wood Lice

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Woodlice, also commonly known as wood bugs, armadillo bugs, potato bugs, pill bugs, roly-poly, slaters, and roll up bugs, are members of the suborder Oniscidea from the order Isopoda. Although they are normally considered to be beneficial in gardens, seeing as they play a role in controlling certain pests, as well as in producing compost and overturning the soil, breaking down dead vegetation and organic matter, they can also come to be considered pests themselves; they have been found to feed on cultivated plants, such as ripening strawberries and tender seedlings.
Indoors, they may cause superficial damage to wallpapers, decorations and possibly furniture. Despite this, the idea that woodlice will chomp on all the woodwork and wooden furniture that you have in the house is a common misconception; woodlice only eat what has already started to decay, so if you have a serious infestation, you can take that as a sure sign that your home has too much damp and decaying wood in it.

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Signs of infestation

They may cause superficial damage to decorations and furnishing in your home. Most woodlice enter homes during early winter or spring, in search of protection from the cold, but they mostly do so accidentally; they prefer damp habitats and most often die of dehydration in warm indoor environments. That being said, however, they can still live in humid places around your house, such as bathrooms, roof voids, wall crevices, skirting boards, underneath kitchen units, underneath sinks, etc. These are the places where you need to search in order to establish if you are dealing with an infestation of not. Woodlice feed on mould growth, leaves and rotting wood, so you can check your yard as well, to see if there are any signs of their presence outside.
Don’t be too hasty in getting rid of woodlice from your garden, as they have a valuable role in regrowth and decomposition. Your garden will benefit from their presence, as they play a vital role in soil ecosystems, whether their bodies provide a calcium source, or are important when it comes to their job as decomposers in the nitrogen cycle.

Natural methods of control

One of the easiest and most natural ways you can get rid of woodlice is by simply brushing them into a dust pan, gathering them up, and disposing of them outside. You can also just as easily hoover them up, before emptying the contents of your vacuum bag outside. Try not to crush them on surfaces such as carpets, seeing as they are known to leave behind stains.
Even though you will manage to physically remove the majority of them, you will need to make sure that your house does not provide them with the damp environment they need, as if this is the case, the infestation will return with a new generation. You will need to maintain dry environmental conditions in and outside your house as well. In order to do this, you can use salt barriers poured across external doorways, which will cause them to dehydrate as they crawl across these barriers.
As a natural way of eliminating woodlice, you can also use Diatomaceous Earth and boric acid for the same result, as both are natural based products which have the effect of dehydrating the insects once they come in contact with the substance. Sprinkling them near windows, doors or in cracks and crevices through which the woodlice could enter the household, will create a protective barrier which will keep your house safe.
You can also create traps out of pieces of cut potato, orange peels, strawberries and grated cheese, wrapped up in a damp newspaper. Using these foods as bait, placed in a damp area, will attract woodlice to it and you will be able to discard of them in a larger number.

Outdoors, you have the option of using natural predators, some of which pray exclusively on woodlice, such as the spider Dysdera crocata. When it comes to protecting the outdoor area, your main goal is to make sure you landscape your yard and garden in such a way that woodlice no longer find it attractive. Although useful in the garden, keeping your yard clear of woodlice is important, as they will not find a way inside the house as easily, if they are away from the perimeter of your house. Making the yard inhospitable for them can be achieved through removing vegetation from around the home, mowing the lawn so that the grass can dry easily from the sun and will not maintain dampness in the soil.

You can also apply insecticides at the base of the house, whether they are chemical ones, or you use the natural desiccants in the form of Diatomaceous Earth and boric acid.

To be sure that any woodlice that reside outside of your house are unable to come in, you need to make sure they are not attracted to a damp environment that you might have inside and next to your house.

  • heat your house more effectively;
  • fix leaking taps;
  • stop water from dripping through poorly fitted worktops, bathtubs, shower cabins, or sinks.

Modifying the outside environment is also a good idea; you can do this by:

  • removing vegetation from around the immediate perimeter of your house;
  • moving flowerpots and flower containers away from doors and windows;
  • keeping garbage bins at a safe distance from the house;
  • removing debris from drains, gutters, and ventilation grilles;
  • covering any gaps in the walls or foundation, paying special attention to the space around doors and windows.

In order to prevent a woodlice infestation outdoors, you should:

  • be careful not to overwater your plants;
  • ensure that there are no water sources that can cause an extremely humid environment, such as ponds, holes in the ground where rainwater might accumulate, etc.;
  • ensure that there is no mulch around your garden and especially around your seedlings;
  • remove any rotting wood or timber, compost, weeds, mulch, as well as any rocks and bricks.

Chemical methods of control

Woodlice can also be easily removed through the use of insecticides, in the form of both sprays and dusts. Sprays are easy to use and they work extremely fast; dusts, on the other hand, are only useful if the woodlice crawl through them, so you have to be careful to set them in the right places. Bear in mind that sprays may be safer to use if you have children or pets that may stumble across dusts, but dusts are advisable if the infestation is in kitchens or near electricity plugs.

Low pressure spray insecticides for Wood Lice control:

Low pressure sprayers can also be used as they are very useful if the woodlice are clustered in hard to reach places. They will rid you of the problem very quickly. The ‘mist’ will infiltrate all the nooks and crannies where woodlice like to live and breed to kill off this pest.

Spraying concentrated insecticides for Wood Lice control:

Concentrated insecticides are the most common used products in fighting insect infestations. They provide the safety that any insect coming into contact with the treated surfaces dies shortly.

Sprayers used for Wood Lice control:

The equipment needed for a professional Pest Control Operator depends on the type of pest the treatment is made against, and if the treated surface is indoors or outdoors. Sprayers help in applying products meant to reach difficult places, as well as guaranteeing an economic control of the treatment application.

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Still, you should be careful and also implement preventive measures as well, in order to ensure that they have no way or incentive to enter your home again. You can apply the few details mentioned above, but for further methods of preventing the development of an infestation, you can check our related article, where you will find more details about ways in which you can ‘Prevent infestation with Wood Lice’.

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