How can I prevent and deal with woodlice?

Some people in the UK have trouble dealing with hornets, others have trouble dealing with flea infestations.

However, one of the most pervasive problems is dealing with woodlice. Woodlice fears are a common phobia, and they can quickly become an inconvenience.

Although woodlice don't really transmit diseases, they can cause some damage to your home furnishings, and leave stains on carpets or walls if killed incorrectly. Generally, woodlice are attracted to damp areas in your home, and may enter a home by accident. The fact is that most woodlice will find your home a harsh environment due to a lack of sufficient humidity and will usually try to find their way to an outdoor environment.

Woodlice are found all over the UK and there are three main species, the Pill Woodlouse, the Common Woodlouse, and Porcellio Scaber. The first of these is one of the most common, the second is generally the largest of the species. The third has a rougher surface and is a bit thinner than the other two.

Woodlice are not insects but are actually crustaceans that have a segmented exoskeleton and can have up to fourteen legs.

Woodlice love to feed on rotting wood and leaves and may damage wallpaper or surfaces by eating tiny mould found on these. In most cases, woodlice will be found on the ground floor, although they may appear in bathrooms or toilets (attracted by the damp.)

You can prevent and control woodlice by using insecticidal sprays. However, this is usually just a stopgap measure. For a permanent solution and prevention, take action to remove vegetation near your home and damp areas within your living quarters. Sealing gaps and providing adequate heating and humidity control are the two best things you can do to prevent a woodlouse infestation. 

If you need advice about hornets, wasp,woodlice, flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

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