Sowbug

6771.    This is in the house. What is it? How can be controlled? Any danger for human? Thanks. Edmonton, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6771.  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.