Sow bugs (Porcellio laevis) look almost exactly like pill bugs
(Armadillidium vulgare). Here in Georgia we have pill bugs by the
gintillions but no sow bugs - so no damage. The pill bugs usually roll up when
disturbed. Pill bugs do no damage, sow bugs are a well known,
nasty household pest (yes they get into houses) and they will eat young
plants and shoots. Pill bugs are ok. My children kept the rollie-pollies as a
science project in school a long time ago. Their bodies are rounded and they
roll up. Sow bugs have a flatter body and seven pairs of legs. They get somewhat
larger than pill bugs - to 7/8 inch. The main differentiating feature are
the two small tails sow bugs have at their rear ends. Pill bugs do not have
these tails. So, no tails ok, two tails watch out, you have sow bugs and they'll
eat your plants. Control is very difficult. The best is to dry up the area. Sow
bugs must have moisture, just like slugs. I just thought this will help the
poor pill bugs which are important in your compost piles.
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Sent: Wednesday, June 19, 2002 1:10
Subject: Re: More on Hosta Chewing
see that you must use the product!
Nope, have never used it, let alone heard of it. I just find it interesting
that I have sow bugs by the kazillions, but have never noticed any damage. I
did like seeing that ammonia works on them. Prior to reading this I had plans
for using ammonia for slugs. It will be a nice side benefit that it also works
on sow bugs.