How To Get Rid Of Wood Lice, Pest Exterminators

How To Get Rid Of Wood Lice

How To Get Rid Of Wood Lice

Having a few wood lice around your property probably won’t bug (pardon the pun) you too much. However having lots of wood lice running around is a real pain, and means you have an infestation on your hands. As well as having a wood louse infestation, having these pests in your home means there’s some sort of damp or decaying wood problem that you need to address.

It’s time to call the professional pest controllers immediately if you find a wood louse infestation. There are multiple ways you can get rid of wood lice from your home. A lot of methods pest controllers will use involve chemicals. Other than professional treatments, there are of course home remedies which may be worth a try, but whether they work or not will remain to be seen.

You may have just a few wood lice around your own property rather than an infestation. And it’s useful to note that they can’t actually do any harm to you or your health. If you have wood lice in your garden, it’s really a good thing. They are considered the ‘bin men’ of the insect world, clearing up any rotting leaves or debris for you. Wood lice are also really handy in the compost bin too, helping to turn rotting fruit and veg into organic matter.

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There are quite a few ways you can get rid of wood lice if the problem isn’t too bad.

Woodlice. got loads of them in my house even in the bathroom?

how do i get rid of them and why have i got them x

12 Answers

They are not a huge problem and to cut a very long story down to size I have pasted this from a gardening site bottom line will help keep them out:

Despite their name, woodlice will not damage wood unless it is already very rotten. They are mainly scavengers that feed on rotting vegetation and because of this they are often seen in compost heaps.

Woodlice spend the daylight hours in dark, damp places. They congregate under logs, flower pots, stones and low-growing plants. They live for up to two years and breed usually once in their second year. At night they move around more freely in search of the decaying vegetation that is their main food source.

Chemical control is not normally necessary as woodlice are rarely harmful. Good hygiene in glasshouses, where woodlice might damage seedlings, will remove hiding places and accumulations of decaying vegetation that shelter woodlice.

Minimise damage by slugs and snails, which woodlice can then enlarge. If it is necessary to use a pesticide against woodlice there are several products containing bendiocarb. These include Doff Woodlice Killer, Ant Stop! Powder and Rentokil Ant and Insect Killer. They are for use in and around buildings, including glasshouses, but should not be put on plants.

Woodlice sometimes cause a nuisance when they wander into houses, although unless they can find a damp place they soon die of dehydration. If this is a persistent problem they can be prevented from entering by placing draught excluder strips around doors and windows.


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