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Potato Bug - Woodlouse

Porcellio scaber
Type: Insect

Effect: Pest
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Porcellio Genus


Location / Where this Creature is found:

This potato bug was found in Utah. But this creature can be found all over the world.

General information about Potato Bug - Woodlouse :

Common names for Woodlouse include:
Armadillo bug, Cheeselog, Doodlebug, Pill bug, Roly-poly, Potato bug, Sow bug, Roll up bug, Chuggypig, Slater, and Gramersow.

The Potato bug or Woodlouse is a crustacean with a rigid, segmented, long exoskeleton and fourteen jointed limbs. There are over 3,000 known species of Woodlice.

Woodlice in the genus Armadillidium can roll up into an almost perfect sphere as a defensive mechanism, hence some of the common names such as pill bug or roly-poly. Most woodlice, however, cannot do this.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Isopoda
Suborder: Oniscidea

Porcellio scaber
Oniscus asellus
This pest causes problems by:
The woodlouse eats lots of root plants like potatoes and carrots.
How to get rid of it:
The natural predator is the woodlouse spider, which only eats these rolly-polly bugs. The way to attract woodlouse spiders is to place lots of rocks or boards on top of the ground. If the ground remains dark under the board for about a week or so, the woodlouse spider will start to hang out there.



Potato Bug - Woodlouse - Pests
Potato Bug - Woodlouse - Pests - gardengeek



Potato Bug - Woodlouse - Pests
Potato Bug - Woodlouse - Pests - gardengeek



Potato Bug - Woodlouse - Pests
Potato Bug - Woodlouse - Pests - gardengeek

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