Pill Bugs

Armadillilium vulgare

This pest is the only crustacean that has become completely adapted to spending its life on land. Pill bugs have oval bodies and seven pairs of legs. They are easily recognized by their back, which is made up of seven hard individual plates. Pill bugs are sometimes referred to as roly-polies.

Pill Bugs
Color Dark brown to black
Legs 14
Shape Oval; round when rolled up
Size 3/4"
Antennae True


Pill bugs eat decaying vegetable material and are most active at night. They are known for their ability to roll into a ball.


Pill bugs live in moist locations. They are found under damp objects or under vegetable debris.


Pill bugs do not spread diseases or invade food products. However, the pill bug is often considered a pest when it gains entry into a home.


Pill bugs can be avoided by eliminating food sources such as vegetable or plant debris. If pill bugs enter a structure, they will often dry out and die.

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