Stop Playing Around with Des Moines Pillbug Populations and Call in the Pros

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Let’s play a word association game. If we were to say the word, crustacean, what’s the first creature that pops into your brain? Was it a lobster, crawdraddies, blue crabs or shrimp? They’re common responses but by no means encompass all of the crustaceans that live in this world, not to mention Des Moines. What’s that you say? Yes, the ocean is a long way off from Des Moines. But that doesn’t mean the metro area is without its share of pillbugs.

Why Are They Crustaceans?

Although they look far removed from their clawed family members, pillbugs are actually part of the Order Ispoda. They’re known in Des Moines pest control circles as terrestrial crustaceans. They get their family connection from at least a handful of shared anatomical features. For example, like the marine life we mentioned earlier, pillbugs have the following:

  • Moisture Requirements
  • Predilection for Crawling
  • Gills or appendages
  • Many Jointed limbs
  • Multiple Antennae
  • Hemocyanin Rich Blood

So you see, they really do belong with the other Ispodas. Unfortunately like their salty relatives, pillbugs have the potential to end up in kitchens too. But they are the last type of crustacean Des Moines residents want to see crawling near their faucets. Why are pillbugs such unwanted guests in Iowa homes and businesses?

A Look at What Makes Them Unwanted Guests

Believe it or not, it has nothing to do with the fact that the creatures don’t urinate and enjoy munching on their own feces. It also has nothing to do with its ability to consume water through its anus or contract viral infections. It’s because they frequently leave their discarded exoskeletons everywhere. The castaway skeletons tend to end up near sources of food and water. Examples include pet food dishes and pantries that may have been damaged by leaks or floods.

Plus, the tiny crustaceans may wreak havoc on wet particle board, wooden baseboards, overwatered plants and other damp, organic matter. However, this only tends to occur if pillbugs are allowed to remain in water-damaged areas for extended periods of time. And lastly, large groups of pillbugs also tend to emit very unpleasant, albeit light, aromas at certain times.

What’s behind the crustacean’s funk? Des Moines pest control professionals contribute it to basic cellular functions. As a Live Science article pointed out back in the autumn of 2009, dead or dying pillbugs’ bodies generate a variety of odor causing acids. Plus, when alive, the creatures are proficient at expelling ammonia gases. Humans may or may not pick up on these scents depending on several factors. But rest assured that other members of the wild kingdom will know that the odors are indeed there.

And we need to mention that kitchens are not the only Des Moines locations where pillbug infestations may turn up. The crustaceans could decide to take up temporary residence in any indoor location where there is enough rotten material and water to sustain life. Thus, the list of potential infestation sites includes but isn’t limited to basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, enclosed hot tub areas, damaged window sills and attached garages.

Need to Banish Des Moines Pillbug Populations in a Hurry?

Pest control businesses in the area typically have the wherewithal to get rid of pillbug populations. Because the crustaceans have the potential to breed year round, several treatments may be needed. This is particularly germane if property owners do not make substantial efforts to make their areas dry, cool, bright and otherwise hostile towards pillbug survival.

Would you like to learn more about pillbug populations and actions that may keep them from growing in any metro Des Moines area? If so, please contact the pillbug experts at Miller Pest & Termite. We’re bonded, insured and ready to do battle with pillbugs anytime Des Moines residents need us.