Most people fear that termites will infest their home. Yes, its true that termites may find a meal at your house. But they are not the only pests ready to eat the wood used to keep your house together… Powderpost Beetles and other wood eating insects….READ MORE…



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Just removed 400 sq ft of engineered wood flooring where the PPB's had devoured the Poplar plywood under the veneer. My questions: Is removing the flooring good enough? What are the chances they are in the house framing etc? The subfloor was "dry deck" wax sprayed T+G plywood. Shows no signs of PPB'S. I want to do everything I can to prevent further problems. Thanks.

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We have found exit holes and sawdust in the door and door frame of our home. We purchased the home new in 2011 so it is only 1.5 to 2 years old. What should we do to ensure that the beetle infestation will not spread in the house if we replace the front door and door frame?

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We have an infestation of Powder Post Beetles in the rafters of our basement root cellar. We need a liquid to spray up into them and it needs to be strong enough to kill them but safe and as non-toxic as possible. What is your recommendation? Thank you for your response.

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Hi – appreciate your web site. It has given me some good ideas.

Is it feasible for me to treat the Redwood shakes on my home for powder post beatles or will I need to contact a professional Pest control company? I live in a very rural area near Eureka Calif. We have 5 acres so no nearby neighbors.

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A tree near our condo complex on Oahu has suddenly become covered with hundreds of quarter-sized, perfectly round holes with a slightly raised edge and it is totally dead in just a few weeks! Unbelievable! What happened and whom do I call to protect other endangered, perhaps, trees! The tree looks like a kakui nut, the state tree. It is in a woods full of grass and trees, uninhabited. Is it a threat to other trees? Could I see a picture or find one, of the perfect quarter-sized holes?

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We have oak hardwood floors, house 24 yrs old, seeing more and more holes in hardwood floor. Looks like a little black hole. Is it a worm or beetle? What is the treatment? Will refinishing solve the problem or does it need to be treated first? What does the worm or beetle look like and can I see them on the floor?

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I am a woodworker and have a shop full of valuable hardwoods, bamboo, ranging from a tree that was cut and milled in June of 2012 to kiln dried wood. I just discovered powderpost beetles in among the bamboo. I have had time to check the rest of my stash, but it would be a major undertaking to inspect it all. I am hoping I can let off a bug bomb of some sort as spraying all my wood storage areas and between the boards would be next to impossible. Is there a bug bomb that would work? What about the beetles that may already be inside the wood?

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How do I treat wood boring bugs in my antique furniture and how do I know if they are in my other furniture?

If you review our POWDERPOST BEETLE CONTROL article, you'll learn all you need to know about this pest and how to treat. There are two products we discuss in our article ideally formulated for furniture.

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I have a piece of furniture that I'm building from old barn timbers and believe I may have a problem with powderpost beetles. I applied a Borax solution to all sides of the timbers prior to construction of the furniture top in effort to kill any insects. I have already applied 5 coats of lacquer to the top of this piece and am suddenly seeing a few borer holes. The underside of this furniture top is still bare wood.

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Our farm has a 200-300 year old bank barn that is in great shape and totally functional. We have approx. 80 head of cattle and store hay, straw,etc. in the top and the animals use the sheds in the lower portion. The problem is the large timbers and logs used are SEVERELY infested with powderpost beetles. These are large logs and timbers approx. 8×8's thru to 12×12 inch in size, plus small for pens,etc. Many with bark. Please inform us on how to approach this major problem before a tractor ends up on the wrong level. Thank you, Rick

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Hello,

I was very excited to find your site with all of the useful information and plan on buying some products shortly but need to be clear on something.

I have a question about powder post beetles. If a log home has an emergence of powder post beetles and the logs have been sealed with stain or poly, what is the best way of treating this situation or is there nothing you can do?

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I live in Clackamas Oregon and Terminex found in the crawlspace a 2×4 infested with powder post beetles (no other sign other than the one 2×4). They want to charge $4000 for entire house fumigation. YIKES!!

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We had cabinets installed several years ago and one of the toe kick plates has ppb. We are removing the infected pieces. What are the chances of it spreading into our floorboards, plywood, etc.

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I have a pine table someone recently gave me that is on our screened porch. It is stained and polyurethaned. About 3 months after they gave it to me I have found what I think are exit holes. They are about 1/16 inch in diameter. Since I'm inexperienced on the subject, I didn't suspect that this is what they were at first but now that I do. I also remember finding actual dead beetles next to the table. They were on the big side, best I can recall about 1/2-3/4 inch. The screened porch is adjacent to a deck and on the other side, our living room with hardwood floors (finished), not to mention our house is framed with pine. What should I do to prevent an infestation of our house? Should I get rid of the table immediately so that the emerging adults aren't here to look for other wood? I appreciate your help.

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We had new red oak hardwood floors installed just 3 weeks ago and now we are finding powder post beetle holes in several areas of the wood and in different rooms. We installed close to 2000 sq. ft. – our entire first floor. It is clear to us now that the wood must have been contaminated. Would you agree? Because this is such a large area and we know that this is going to be a costly fix, who should be responsible? I am frightened that it may already be to late to stop damage that may later appear in other places of our home in which we cannot see at this time. Every day I am finding new holes in the floor. Our installer felt no big deal only seeing a few holes but since his visit a few days ago, several new holes have appeared. What should I request be done by the installer to ensure the safety of our home? Will I need an attorney? I am sick over this. HELP!

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