These crustaceans live on rotten wood and vegetable matter in cool damp areas, occasionally venturing from their homes under stones, clumps of plants, logs or doormats into yours, looking for shelter. Although they’re harmless, they indicate damp.
In centrally heated houses, they quickly dry out and die. No treatment is really necessary, but if they’re a nuisance, treat dampness and remove any leaf litter or logs from outside walls.
Seal off potential entry points and fill in gaps between skirting boards and paving stones (but take care not to block air vents).
Use an insecticide powder or long-lasting spray suitable for crawling insects around entry points into the house.
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