following questions were sent to the P&PDL diagnosticians
here at Purdue University:
Question 1: Help help, I have millions of those darn doodle
bugs or roley poleys, whatever you want to call them, I want to
call em dead and gone, do you know what is effective of eliminating
those darn pesky bugs?
Question 2: I have a three-year-old
condo with a dry basement, although the lawn and soil outside
it is chronically "overwet" due
to poor drainage and excess sprinkling of the lawn. I often see
pill bugs in the corners, although I have carefully sealed all
floor/wall seams in the concrete. How could these pests be entering
and what can be done to prevent it?
Answer: The fact that you have wet soil conditions outside
means that no matter what you do, you will always have some pillbugs
that enter the basements or other areas. It is almost impossible
to seal up every small crack in the foundation, let alone the window
sills, utility ports etc. Somehow they will always find a way in.
The only long term solution is to improve the drainage outside.
In the meantime application of pesticides in the areas where the
pill bugs are may help. Please read and follow all directions on
the pesticide labels.
For more info on pillbugs and their control, you may want to review
the publication E-55
Millipedes, Sowbugs and Pillbugs (PDF 56K).
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