Wednesday, September 5, 2012
How to Get Rid of Pill Bugs
The other day I went outside to inspect my dianthus plants. They weren't looking too good, and I suspected they might have a problem.
My suspicions were correct. They most definitely did have a problem - a little isopod known as a pill bug (aka sow bugs, wood lice, potato bugs).
Pill bugs are supposed to be very good for the environment, because they eat decaying vegetative waste. But if there isn't enough of that stuff around for them, they go after living plants. Not good!
I declared war on those little pests! Here's what you do if you have a pill bug problem: Get some Diatomaceous. You can find it at Lowes or any other gardening center. It's a powder. Spread it around and wait for the critters to walk over it. They'll dehydrate a few days later.
If you want a quicker result, you can use Sluggo - a slug bait. That stuff really wipes them out. The only trouble is, Sluggo is dangerous to honey bees. I don't personally use it, because I have a lot of honeybees buzzing around my house.
There you have it. If you don't know if pill bugs are your problem, and your plant looks like it's dying, dig around the roots. You may find pill bugs lurking there. Oh, and one last thing. Pill bugs like really moist soil. If you're having a pill bug problem, overwatering may be the cause.