I have a vegetable raised box where I grow various vegetables in spring and summer. I noticed quite a few Rollie pollies in the box. Wondering if they will harm my vegetable crop this year and what if anything I can do to prevent that. enter image description here

  • By Rollie pollies are you referring to Woodlice?
    – Nic
    Mar 20, 2016 at 20:58
  • Added a picture for clarification
    – JStorage
    Mar 20, 2016 at 22:18
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    Woodlice don't eat plants. But if you have enough of them to see them wandering around in the open during the daytime, that suggests you have some decomposing material somewhere (e.g. rotting wood) and that could be a problem, if it is providing a home fungal diseases, or a "nest-box" for other insect pests. If you keep things generally clean and tidy, the woodlice will just go to live some place else.
    – alephzero
    Mar 21, 2016 at 0:22
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    Are woodlice and pill bugs one and the same thing?
    – JStorage
    Mar 21, 2016 at 20:03

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The wood at the bottom of the bed looks pretty dark in comparison to the rest of the side. It's most likely that the woodlice are feeding off a decaying box, rather than anything in the bed. They'll only be recycling nutrients from the wood into the bed. They'll cause very little damage if any, mainly to soft fruit or seedling. If anything, they're highly beneficial to the soil structure, aiding the composting process and maintaining biodiversity within the soil

RHS - Woodlice

  • and they are just cool all round, one of the few, or only, land dwelling crustaceans
    – kevinskio
    Mar 20, 2016 at 22:36
  • Thanks for the info. The Rollie pollies are everywhere. Good to hear they are not harmful
    – JStorage
    Mar 20, 2016 at 23:00

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