Sowbug

6737.      I find these insects in our basement all the time, regardless of the time of year. I primarily find them in the furnace room. We live in a 4 level split. Once I found them in the second story bathroom when I got up in the morning. Generally the are in the middle of the floor when the lights come on. They tend to remain motionless for a bit, then try and go towards the foundation walls. Any help getting rid of these would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time. Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Canada

 

Number 6737.  This is a sowbug, a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda; the vast majority of these are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter. They breathe through gills that must be kept moist, so keeping your environs as dry as possible will discourage them from staying.