Woodlice are small, dark brown, beetle-like insects with slightly hard exoskeletons. Like earthworms and ladybugs, they are often considered beneficial because they help to improve soil nutrient content, combat harmful insects, and promote soil health. However, they can also be pests.
Woodlice love moisture, and will seek it out in practically any environment. This can often mean that they make homes, schools, and places of business their targets,and when they are present in large numbers, woodlice can be a nuisance. They may also invade pantries and cabinets in search of food. Fortunately, woodlice carry no known diseases and do not bite. However, any insect that invades a home can cause problems.
How To Control Woodlice
If you spot these insects, sweep up them up with a broom and transfer them back into the outdoors. Vacuuming them up is also an effective way to reduce their numbers within your home. If you have a nest of these insects in your home that can’t be controlled through these methods, consider consulting a professional to take care of the problem.
Seal cracks in walls or entryways with caulk to prevent woodlice from entering your home. The presence of woodlice may also be a warning that the dampness levels in your house are higher than normal, as these insects prefer moisture. Reducing the moisture levels in your home and removing standing water can also discourage woodlice from infesting your house.