My California vegetable garden makes me happy and provides us with nourishment each year. My biggest obstacle though is fending off a few miserable enemies early in the season. Pill bugs (also called sow bugs or rollie pollies) are vicious in my back yard and last year they ate the tops off all my tender greens as soon as they poked through the soil.
When I told my mom about my infestation, she thought I was insane. She never experienced pill bugs in her Michigan garden and she didn’t know they are so damaging to vegetables. I sent her photos of the nasty critters devouring stalk after stalk of new growth.
How to kill pill bugs?
After trying a few home remedies, like sprinkling coffee grounds on the soil, I found some online discussion around using Sluggo Plus which I quickly bought at my local Home Depot. You’ll also find a product called Sluggo, but trust me, you want the Sluggo Plus. The packaging notes that it’s for organic gardening although I’m sure there could be some debate around whether it’s truly an organic product. I don’t get into such debates … so, on to the results.
Within minutes of sprinkling the pellets around my plants, the pill bugs practically ran to the pellets and gorged themselves on the bait. My photos don’t lie …
Within the first week I went from hundreds of pill bugs to only a few. I saved my vegetable plants almost overnight. If anyone is looking for ways to manage pill bugs (calling them rollie pollies sounds way too cute) I highly recommend giving Sluggo Plus a try. I’ll be stocking up on it this year and will sprinkle it proactively!