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How to get rid of woodlice in the house

Here we explain why you might have woodlice in the house and everything you need to know to get rid of them.

Updated 8 April 2020


Woodlice in the house can be nasty! No one wants these little critters near their food or even worse, their beds. But it’s actually fairly common for woodlice to make their way into your home, especially in the summer. They won’t be harmful to your health but you will still probably want to avoid having to deal with an infestation. Here’s everything you need to know on getting rid of woodlice from your home once and for all.

Avoid the build up of woodlice-attracting damp in the bathroom by regularly cleaning tiles with a bleach solution


How to get rid of woodlice in your home

  • Vacuum them up. This is the simplest way to deal with a woodlice invasion.
  • Anti-insect spray. There are lots of these on the market, some are more toxic than others so be careful if you have children, pets or vulnerable adults around the house.
  • Seal up the holes. This is most likely where they are coming from. Closing off their entrance will force them to leave your home and find somewhere else.
  • Try an electronic pulsing device. These relatively inexpensive machines emit a high frequency pulsing signal that repels all sorts of pests.

How to prevent a woodlice infestation

Now you the tricks to getting rid of woodlice, it’s also important to be aware of preventing them so that they never come back. There are a few basic things you can do to woodlice-proof your home:

  1. Make your house as woodlice-unfriendly as you can. This involves checking for any places that might feel like home to them. Woodlice particularly like moist environments so check there is no rotting wood in your home (think shelves in the bathroom or wooden furniture in the conservatory).
  2. Check the walls for damp and deal with it immediately. This could explain why you find a woodlice infestation in one particular area of your home.
  3. Having woodlice near the entrances to your home makes it more likely that they’ll come in so be sure to keep weeds and other plants near doorways to a minimum.
  4. Clean out your roof gutter. If it’s not draining properly this could be creating excess moisture which could be attracting the little guys in.

Those are the key things you need to know when it comes to both getting woodlice out of your house and keeping them out. We’re also here to help with getting rid of bugs such as spiders and ants.

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Written by: Yasmine Fuller

Written on: February 05, 2019

Woodlice, also known as roly-poly bugs, woodlice, potato bugs, and pill bugs, are a particularly harmless variety of bugs that are not considered dangerous. They do not act as carriers for any disease, nor do they bite. However, in your home or garden, they can be quite annoying and pesky.

There is no need to call in the exterminators, though. You can get rid of them with these simple tips.

Create an environment that is less hospitable for woodlice. It is important to note that woodlice thrive in dark and damp environments. Be sure to clean up your yard, porch, garden or any other place you may find damp, rotting debris in order to destroy their favourite breeding grounds.

Get rid of stagnant sources of water around your house. These roly-poly bugs also love to infest places that are high in moisture. As a result, stack away flower pots that have water collected in them, and fill in the puddles in the garden so as to be free of woodlice.

Cover any cracks or holes in your walls. Woodlice in your house probably mean that there are open holes or cracks in your walls, typically around pipes, doors and windows. Sprinkle talc on all the areas you suspect are entry points into your home. Talc will soak up the moisture in these places.

Seal any openings with wood fill, patching cement, caulk, duct tape or polyfill, wherever possible.

Consider investing in a dehumidifier and install fans in strategic locations to soak up the excessive moisture in your home. Excessive moisture in the environment is an open invitation to the pill bugs to come in and party.

Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of your house and the garden. Do not use diatomaceous earth used for pool filters; go in for the one that is specifically used for gardening. Diatomaceous earth has the ability to erode the exoskeleton of these insects, reducing their ability to absorb fluid. This will eventually cause them to die of dehydration.

Introduce animals higher up on the food chain, meaning animals that eat woodlice. These would include lizards, frogs, toads, chickens and some variety of birds. Consider this option for natural pest control, rather than using harmful insecticides.

Consider appeasing woodlice by providing them with a ready source of food, so they do not venture into your garden. Spread decomposing organic material such as leaves, garden weeds, fruit and vegetable peelings, or grass cuttings around the garden.

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Treat soil infested with woodlice with spinosad. Since this repellent is organic in nature, you can get rid of the woodlice without causing harm to the plants, wildlife or soil.

10 Types of Job Stress and How to Deal With Them

Inside Out | Disney/Pixar

Are you under too much job stress? If so, you’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association’s 2012 “Stress in America” survey, roughly 40% of adults say that stress keeps them up at night. Stress on the job is hard to avoid, especially since almost no one has a completely stress-free job. And the ones that do, they often have challenging aspects to their job.

If you’re under a tremendous amount of stress at work, there are some steps you can take to feel better and become more productive. Once you identify the type of stress you’re under, as well as its source, you can take steps to lighten your mental load and be more productive at work. Here are 10 types of work-related stress, and our advice on how you can take matters into your own hands.

1. Burnout

An increased stress level at work can lead to burnout (and vice versa) |

You know you’re experiencing burnout when you’re physically and emotionally exhausted from work, and you constantly feel like your performance is not up to par. One source of burnout is when a boss pushes you harder but heaps on the criticism, regardless of your performance or effort. No matter what you do, it’s never good enough. You can also become burnt out when you’re not given the resources you need to perform your job duties. Lack of appreciation, resources, or both, can cause employees to become stressed out and overwhelmed. According to the Mayo Clinic, some signs of burnout include becoming cynical or critical at work, lacking the energy to be consistently productive, and becoming irritable or impatient with co-workers and clients.

So what can you do to alleviate this type of stress? You can reduce burnout by having a discussion with your supervisor. Talk about why you feel that you’re being unfairly criticized, or express your need for additional resources to get your work done. Whatever the case may be, things won’t change unless you speak up. You can also talk with your human resources representative to see if your job offers an employee assistance program that can help you manage stress more effectively.

2. Acute stress

Acute stress can wreak havoc on an individual until it passes |

Many workers experience acute stress from time to time. This is fleeting stress that arises as a result of different upsetting situations. Once the stressful situation has passed, the accompanying stress usually dissipates. For example, you may experience acute stress during the days or hours right before a big deadline at work, but once your assignment has been turned in, you feel more relaxed.

According to the American Psychological Association, if you experience muscle tension, stomach upset, and rapid heartbeat, you may be experiencing acute stress. Don’t despair, though. You can manage symptoms of acute stress by practicing relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing and meditation, going for a walk, listening to music, or taking an early lunch break. Our advice? Get out and get moving so that you can temporarily focus on something other than the stressor.

3. Fear-based stress

Don’t let fear get the best of you at work |

You may also experience stress at work because of a toxic boss, or even from the fear of losing your job. When your boss doesn’t like you, work can become very unpleasant. Eliminate your work-based fears by having a one-on-one with your supervisor. You can take this time to discuss work expectations and go over your past performance. Communication is key. If job loss is a concern, do what you can to brush up on your skills so that you can be prepared for your job search if you’re let go unexpectedly.

Some symptoms of fear-related stress consist of feeling anxiety or agitation. This can be directly linked to the threat or possibility of danger, nervousness, or a feeling of dread or apprehension, according to the experts at Anxiety Centre. The more fearful you are of something happening, the greater your stress will be.

Being proactive by talking to your boss about your work concerns, as well as taking steps to prepare for a job search, can help reduce some of your fears. Tackle your stressors head-on, so that you can regain control of the situation.

4. Overwork

Being overworked at work can result in stress |

Being overworked could be self-imposed, due to a tendency to be a workaholic, or it could originate from an employer who continues to pile on work assignments with unrealistic expectations and/or deadlines. If you are the source of your tendency in feeling overworked, it’s important to know when to take breaks and refresh.

Also, when was the last time you had a vacation? If you’ve been hesitant to use your vacation time, you’ve got lots of company. Only 25% of American workers take all their vacation time, according to a poll by Harris Interactive and Glassdoor. Unfortunately, among those who decide to go on vacation, 61% said they still work while they’re away. So do yourself and your body a favor by taking a few days off. Studies have shown that those who take vacations have a lower heart disease risk.


You can also help alleviate the stress of being overworked by having a discussion with your supervisor. Ask if there are adjustments that can be made to your daily duties. Perhaps another staff member could help with your workload. By exploring different types of work arrangements, you’ll soon be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

5. Job search stress

The process of looking for a job can be just as stressful as having one |

One of the most stressful events is looking for a new job. The most nerve-wracking part of the process is when you get called in for an interview. Even if you rarely have trouble with stress and anxiety, this situation is sure to make you sweat a little more and worry about the outcome.

Some symptoms of job search stress and anxiety are a sense of panic, rapid heartbeat, and sweating, Psychologist James Penn reports on his blog. Overcome the stress related to your job search by doing your research and getting a list of job interview questions that you can practice with a friend or loved one ahead of time. You’ll be more confident and relaxed.

6. New job stress

Being a bit stressed on your first day of work is pretty common | iStock

Being the newbie in the office can make just about anyone come down with a case of the nerves. You have to watch what you say, what you do, and even how you dress. You can help alleviate this stress by making an effort to get to know your supervisor and your teammates. Also, do your best to help out whenever you can. Research has shown that being liked by your co-workers can contribute to career success.

7. Workplace conflict stress

Another cause of work stress is related to tension and conflict at work |

Bullying and gossip are some of the workplace conflicts you’ll encounter on the job. If you’re stressed out because of a troublesome co-worker, address the issue with him or her first. However, after failed attempts to handle things one-on-one, it’s best to take things to your boss, your human resources manager, or both. There’s no need to suffer in silence.

8. Time stress

If you’re not good at prioritizing your time and tasks, you might suffer from work stress and its related physical ailments |

Management consultant and conference speaker Dr. Karl Albrecht outlined common stressors in the workplace in his book Stress and the Manager. Among the stressors mentioned is time stress, which is often faced when it seems as if time is not on your side. If you work in an environment where it seems like you never have enough time to do the things you need to accomplish, and you’re afraid that you won’t be able to meet expectations, you can get a handle on this type of stress by working on your time management skills. Also, see if you can delegate some of your work responsibilities to your co-workers.

9. Anticipatory stress

Don’t send yourself into a spiral of anxiety by overthinking things |

This type of stress, also mentioned in Albrecht’s book, is related to worrying about the future. It could be caused by a certain event, such as a performance review or a company presentation. Master this type of stress by preparing for your review or presentation well ahead of time. Gather your documents, practice what you’re going to say, and visualize yourself succeeding. You may even want to create a career vision board to help you focus on your success and to alleviate the stress.

10. Encounter stress

The Office | Chris Haston/NBC

Albrecht also talks about encounter stress, which is experienced when you are anxious about interacting with a certain person or a group of people. For example, you may be stressed about meeting with your company’s CEO because you want to make a good impression. Or you may be stressed about bumping into a certain co-worker because he or she tends to be mean. Manage this stress by exposing yourself to the situations that tend to make you uncomfortable. The more you practice navigating these situations, the more relaxed and confident you will become.

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How 20 guys really feel when women send them nudes

«It shows confidence and desire, but I think you can show those much better in person.»

Sexting is just one of those things that’s going to happen, and there’s no point denying it or trying to stop people from sending their sexy tests. The best thing we can do is educate people on how to do it safer, and to empower them only to send nudes or erotic pics if they’re really comfortable, and actually want to.

A Reddit user recently started an AskMen thread asking, «How important are naughty photos for a relationship?». Ambrosi75 wrote, «I am a woman who hates taking selfies, especially naughty/sexy ones. I am not talented and I suck at taking photos. Would not wanting to send and share naughty photos be a deal breaker or a turn off for you? Especially when getting to know a woman [and] thinking about having a serious relationship with her?»

And, the responses are really surprising.

1. «I really don’t care. There’s a weird focus on sharing nudes and sexting these days that’s frankly off-putting. If we want to see each other naked, let’s just make a date and see what happens.» [via]

2. «I’d much rather see it in person than in pictures. It’s much more fun.» [via]

3. «Not at all. In fact, I kind of hate how nudes have become so ubiquitous and expected these days. I think kids these days grow up with totally wrong and misguided ideas about what is ‘normal’ behaviour in interacting with the opposite sex, due to this new technology. Not sending them would be a plus in my book. Shows she has good judgement and foresight (you never know what a guy does with the pics after you break up). » [via]

4. «I’ve been married four four years and my wife has never once sent me a dirty text. Just not how we do things, I guess. Has never been an issue in our relationship!» [via]

«It’s ultimately whatever makes you feel comfortable»

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5. «Depends if the relationship is long distance. If so, I can see it mattering more. If he lives in the same city though. then no, not important or necessary at all. It’s ultimately whatever makes you feel comfortable[via]

6. » For me, it’s definitely >0% importance, just because I’m a visual guy and currently in a middle-distance relationship where we only get to see each other once a week. However, it’s not a huge deal, but it’s a small deal, if that makes sense.» [via]

7. «My S/O doesn’t do photos or video — she has a professional job where her reputation has value. She has aspirations that she might run for office some day, and nude pics aren’t something she needs coming up years down the line (by choice or by accident).» [via]

8. «I actually find it more attractive when a woman doesn’t share naughty photos. I would rather share intimacy in person. Maybe in marriage or a long-term relationship it would be hot (especially as a tease leading up to evening fun she planned), but in the early stages of a relationship, it is a turn off. I should add that I am not a religious conservative or anything (I am actually extremely open-minded, especially in the bedroom), my views on this are just my own personal preference.» [via]

9. «This is a really big deal. I agree fully. I don’t do raunchy photos for similar reasons. If she wants to send them fine, I delete them almost instantly. But I do not ask for them and won’t participate[via]

10. «Not a deal-breaker at all. If your dude wants them and is pestering you, I’d take it as a bad sign. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting them and sending them, but there’s an excitement when it’s unexpected. But, if my girl never did it, I would be fine with it because I get to experience her in the flesh. Way better.» [via]

11. «Not very important at all. And when people do send them, I always just take in all the beauty. I do not judge angles or lighting. Then I permanently delete them because data is only private if it is deleted.» [via]

12. «Definitely not a deal breaker, if you send a shot to me, that’s awesome, but it’s not necessary. It shows confidence and desire, but I think you can show those much better in person. But each dude is different.» [via]

13. «My partner and I don’t send them because we’re both extremely paranoid about data breaches and hacks. Flirty/dirty (but not pornographic) texts and emails are where it’s at for us.» [via]

14. Only reason I’ve ever sent and received those photos is because I liked the physical validation. If it was the only way I’d get that validation, I wouldn’t be in the relationship in the first place. For me personally, it’s not that important at all, definitely never a deal breaker. It’s just something that’s nice to have when you trust the person you’re with[via]

15. «The kind of guys I know that would judge a girl on their naughty photos are also the guys who may be inclined to show off said photos to brag to others. That being said, different folks have different preferences. Foreplay often starts well outside the bedroom, and I’ve personally always found pictures that were risqué but not necessarily nude, to be the hottest. It builds up the anticipation for the both of you.» [via]

«I do not ask for them»

16. «Not very, its really up to you. It can be fun, but it shouldn’t be necessary to maintain your relationship. If you’re romantically involved, odds are you’re going to be seeing each other naked at some point. I know my S/O doesn’t need me to send dick pics to her, but we kind of jokingly send revealing pics to each other once in a while. After we’d been going out for a few years, she started to send me occasional pics of her. Doesn’t happen all the time, but I also don’t need it.» [via]

17. «Kind of a hassle. I have to put them all in a password protected directory, and make sure none are in the photos app. I look at them like once a year and usually because I’m bored and fiddling with the phone.» [via]

18. «Sometimes if you’re having a shit day at work and you got a little tease-y photo of what’s to come at home, doesn’t have to be filthy naked or anything, but it’ll straight away make your day. And it’s just another aspect of a passionate relationship.» [via]

19. «I don’t see a need for them really, though in a long-distance relationship they can be sort of appealing — that said I’d only ever care for them if it was a well established long-term relationship[via]

20. «I only send them on Snapchat[via]

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