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Hi, I recently installed a new oak hardwood floor. It was raw wood which I stained (oil base) and finished with polyurethane. Shortly after, signs of powder post beetles were evident. Though it took me a week to figure out what the heck the little piles of sawdust were all about, I am now adamant […]

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I get the ceiling in the basement treated yearly for post powder beetles. Is this necessary? There hasn’t been any evidence of the beetle in the last 5 yrs. Thanks for your help. As explained in our POWDERPOST BEETLE ARTICLE, most all treatments will last a lot longer than one year. Are you sure there […]

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Our home is over 30 years old and we have never seen any evidence of Powderpost Beetles. We are considering renewing a Powderpost Beetle service contract (covers inspection and retreatment) that we have had for years but wonder if it makes sense to do so. With the information you provide and the products now available, […]

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Greetings:  I was wondering if you folks could assist me regarding some “bugs” that have infested some furniture of ours. We recently purchased a set of very rustic Hickory wood furniture that has evidence of some sort of infestation.  We haven’t seen any bugs, but there is evidence of them as there are fine sawdust […]

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we have an evergreen that is dead & has been cut down. is there any way to use the old wood? we thought it it would be nice to make something out of it. but it does still have some live activity. we are seeing bore holes & sawdust.  is it worth saving or not? […]

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DEAR JONATHAN: I AM READING AND STUDYING YOUR INFORMATION SHEET ON MOLD, MILDEW, DECAY FUNGUS, ETC. I NEED HELP, HOWEVER, UNDERSTANDING WHAT CONDITIONS OF MOLD, MILDEW, DECAY FUNGUS, ETC. REQUIRE PLAIN BORACARE AND WHICH NEED BORACARE WITH MOLD CARE.   PLEASE ADVISE. THANKS….. This is a great question and one we get asked a lot. As […]

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How’s it going? I live in western North Carolina.  I cut down a bunch of big eastern white pines off of my property last winter.  I am currently having them sawed at a local sawmill to use in my house.  Most of them are going to be used as exposed rafters in the ceiling and […]

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Dear Jonathan Our house was built in 1915 and the beams in the crawl space have holes of powder post beetles .We are in Ontario. I put my finger on these beams and they seems solid still. If I spray with the boracare do you think these beams could resist another 10 years? But I […]

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I really appreciate the info you shared on these insects.  I receive letters of thanks all the time from people who have visited my real estate site and learned something, so it’s nice I have someplace to go to learn about something I lack knowledge in.  Great article, thorough, well written and it answered all […]

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I have a 70 yr old home with original wood floors.  I live in central FL.  Recently I have noticed long marks that look like deep scratches.  Some of them are quite deep and about 1/8 – 1/4 inch wide and 3 or 4 inches long. In certain areas the damage is getting worse pretty […]

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3yrs ago i bought a 100 yr old house & the inspectors said it had a slight Powder Post Beetle problem. I had no experience w/them before. I have always done my own spraying. I had sprayed for termites so i thought that would run them off as well.  Well apparentlly that did not i […]

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We have a valuable wood carving 2’ x 7” x ¾” we got in Italy last summer. First we saw one hole from one side to the the other. Looked like it was bored through. Then we got another hole from one side to the other, not as cleanlooking. It appears from your website to […]

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I just had my new hardwood floor installed. But I do see some holes in the wood similar to pictures on the web for powderpost beetles.  I live in texas. The floor is red oak.  The floor was installed for a good deal. I am now concerning that they may used lower grade of material. […]

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Hello, My fiance and I are in the process of buying a house, we have proceeded as far as the termite and moisture inspection and have since decided to hold off on any further decisions as we take in this matter. Neither, my fiance or I were present during this inspection to see the damage […]

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Hello. We were under contract to sell our home and discovered that we have active powder post beetles in our wood floors (we put them in ourselves 3 years ago). Terminix recommended stripping the floors bare and treating with BoraCare but could only provide a one year guarantee to retreat (but the floors would have […]

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