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.

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How to get rid of woodlice in the house

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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