The most common type of woodlouse is the Oniscus Asellus, which is a widespread woodlouse. Believe it or not woodlice are not actually insects but are what we call crustaceans which is more closely related to shrimps and crabs. Their bodies are divided into three main parts, their heads, the thorax and the abdomen. The common woodlouse tends to be a grey colour but there are other forms of woodlouse that are yellow and orange that reside closer to the sea.
There are roughly around 30 species of woodlice that live in Britain today. Adults are usually an oval shape in black or slate grey and are around 15mm in length. Most adults will develop seven pairs of legs. They have bodies that are segmented and some species of woodlouse are even able to roll up into a ball when disturbed much like a hedgehog.
All species of woodlouse usually live in damp areas generally in the garden or areas where there is dead and rotting wood or vegetation. They eat decayed wood and other rotting vegetable debris. They usually feed at night and during the day, they can be found hiding under flowerpots and discarded wood etc. Once they infest the home they can usually be found in places where there is a lot of humidity for example the kitchen or bathrooms.
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There are a number of ways to get rid of woodlice, some methods will not harm them whilst other woodlice removal methods involve the use of chemicals which kill them. Woodlice are not actually harmful to health and when they are in the garden they actually act like one of natures cleaners, cleaning up decaying vegetation and material. They are also good to have in your compost bin as they can help turn your rotting vegetation into compost.
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