Are woodbugs bad?

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  1. Townsendnl

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    I just began weeding an area I'm going to plant in.. and there are some woodchips on top, and a whole bunch of woodbugs crawling around in the soil. Is this a problem for planting in? and if so what do I do about it?
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I assume you mean sowbugs? If so, see this reference from Washington State Univ Extension (short answer: no, sowbugs are beneficial).
     
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    thanks very much :) good to know.
     
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    Woodbugs--or sow bugs, wood lice, pill bugs if they roll up--apparently crustaceans, not insects.

    This has more info and pictures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodbug

    Children in England called them 'slaters,' perhaps because slate grey.
    Chickens love them--to eat, that is.
     

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