Woodlice
(Order Isopoda)

Introduction

Found in damp areas in soil and around buildings, they are a closer relation to prawns and crabs than insects. Woodlice are more of a nuisance pest than anything else. Harmless to man, pest control treatment not necessary unless overbearing.

Description

Woodlice are a grey or brown creature with an armour type body. They are 4-17mm long, with a slate-like body and segmented antennae

Biology

Depending on what species of Order Isopoda, females could have as little as 5 or as many 200 young. The female carries the eggs in a brood pouch close to her abdomen. It might from 40 - 90 days for the young to reach maturity, and then as an adult could up to another 2 years before they are capable of breeding.

Food

Adults and young will feed on plant matter. Woodlice are herbivorous and will feed on the decaying plant matter, fruits, berries, and leaves that can be found in gardens, park, and forest floors

Habitat

Woodlice are nocturnal so you may only see them at night. Under floorboards within the walls of your home in the damp areas is where they are most likely to be. In gardens, they can be found under leaves, rocks or pieces of wood, bark.

Reasons for control

Nuisance: Ants foraging food can be a nuisance and cause discom

Food safety: Some foods like cereals may occasionally be damaged.

Detecting an infestation

Detecting what and where your pest coming is from is key to any pest prevention.
If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Droppings

Know your options

Do It Yourself
Let us not play around, doing it yourself is not always easy. But it can be cost-effective even if you end up hiring someone else to complete the job. If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Pest Control Company
In truth, most pest companies give a good image of themselves and do a good job. Like any industry, you will get your good companies and not so good. Like any trade, we would suggest someone who comes recommended. Failing that, you can search through our directory to find a registered pest control company. These will be licenced pest controllers that go by a standard of guidelines. You can find their address here and much more at our website: http://baitpoint.co.uk

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