Amphipods are usually ¼ to 1-inch long. Most of the time, they appear dark brown or black but may appear red, pink, yellow, green or blue, depending on the species. After death, they often turn bright red.

Amphipods are commonly referred to as scuds and inhabit most of the oceans, lakes, rivers, beaches, caves and other hot/humid environments. They are compressed laterally or flattened and look like small shrimp. These crustaceans are important members of the food chain, serving as food for many fish, invertebrates, shorebirds, and other animals. They are also important as scavengers and detritus.

Drought, excessive rainfall and prolonged irrigation of the gardens can cause amphipods to seek better living conditions, taking them to a home or building. When they die on the inside, their dry bodies often turn bright red.


Amphipods can be found in the highly moist forest litter and other dense earth covers where they can sink into the upper inches of the ground. They are commonly found living under the ivy used as a ground cover. There are several types of amphipods on the west coast of North America.

Most investigations, apart from scientific classification/transport, have been carried out on a pair of inter-tidal and supra-tidal/semi-terrestrial species and these revisions will be highlighted in Odyssey. These species are grouped within the family Talitridae. There are no less than 120 completely terrestrial types of landowners, commonly called “land-hoppers”, occupying forests from the ground to cover, soils, plants, hollows, meadows, and mountains, but they occur in the tropical and subtropical zones of the southern hemisphere.

The south of Japan. The dependence of water on terrestrial species is reduced to that which is accessible in the fall of dew and in sustenance. The transformation achievement of amphipods in the colonization of land among shellfish is the second for ascidian isopods. Just as in the Oniscidians, much of this colonizing achievement is due to elements believed to be available in tribal inter-tidal species.

There are 2 normal species of Megalorchestia in California that also possess sandy coastlines, involve tunnels near the filament line, and eat similar types of ocean growth nourishments. In any case, learns at the Hopkin Marina Station, Pacific Grove demonstrates that their dissemination rarely covers attributable to the inclinations of the different types of coasts.

How to Prevent / Control

Invasion of amphipods often occurs when the conditions support a large number of these crustaceans. Treatments can provide short-term relief, but correcting such conditions is key to long-term success. Altering or eliminating excess moisture conditions next to a building can be useful, particularly when dealing with landscape and lawn watering, as well as steering drainage problems. Thick soil covers such as ivy, “monkey” grass, etc

. They should not be located next to or near a foundation as it provides harborage for innumerable insects, spiders, mice, and other pests. Items in contact with the floor should be removed whenever possible. External cracks and holes should be sealed, especially along the foundation. The drip holes can be “closed” by filling pieces of wire mesh or screening in the openings. Within the treatments are generally not necessary because the amphipods dry quickly and die.