Pillbug and Sowbug

Pillbugs are sowbugs are similar creatures who live outside. The easiest way to distinguish them is pillbugs can roll into a ball (another nickname for them is “rolley poley”), whereas sowbugs can’t. Additionally, sowbugs have 2 tails sticking out of their backs and pillbugs don’t. They have the same habits, living in moist protected areas and eating decaying matter. They are crustaceans not insects, and breathe through a sort of gill setup. This means they can’t leave moisture for very long, and will die in the house if they don’t find it. Neither one has the ability to bite, and are both helpful is breaking down decomposing material.


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