What Are Those Tiny Insect Critters That I Keep Finding In My Garden Called?

Many gardeners have taken notice of tiny little insects in their garden that look like miniature armadillos, and more and more experts have been getting questions about these bugs. Many people simply want to know if these tiny bugs pose a danger to their garden. And the answer is no, in fact, these tiny bugs are beneficial.

The insects in question are known as pill bugs, and they are active during the summers. They are land dwelling crustaceans that are closely related to crabs, which explains the pill bug’s hard exterior shell. Pill bugs were introduced to America from Europe, and their population sizes can reach massive proportions, which is the likely cause of concern for many gardeners.

Pill bugs provide service to gardeners by breaking down plant debris into usable nutrients for the garden’s soil. Pill bugs should not be considered pests. It is likely that pill bugs are blamed for garden damage because they prefer and live in the same moist conditions that harmful animals, such as slugs, thrive in. So pill bugs are just taking the rap for more dangerous creepy-crawlies that do cause harm to people’s gardens.

Have you ever repeatedly spotted a particular type of bug in your garden and wondered whether the bug was benefiting or harming your garden? If yes, did you take any action to identify the bug?

 

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