2012 Archives

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I restore old dolls and recently started working on a project were the the legs and arms are turned wood; probably pine. Unfortuneatly there is evidence of powderpost beetles have been present. What is the life cycle; can freezing the items kill off what may still be there? I am not sure that using products […]

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I was cleaning out and putting away my chritmas ornaments, and found some native american drum ornaments, wood with cellulose drum faces, destroyed by some kind of beetle. The casings of the pupas were there, a live beetle, and lots of fine powder. The drum ornaments were from china. They were in my attic crawl […]

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There’re in a 30-year old upright piano. I can see the areas they’ve attacked. It’s in a house in Vermont that’s unheated during the winter. The exterior is black and varnished, but the interior–keys, soundboard, etc.–is pine and spruce and in its natural state. There’s been some fine sawdust on the floor coming from one section […]

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Where PPB’ s have emerged from finished hardwood flooring although it is presumed they will not lay their eggs on the finished wood, is it reasonable to suspect that the Beetles may seek to re-enter the floor at a flight or exit hole to lay their eggs? How many eggs will a Beetle lay at […]

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I’d like to know a bit more please. Would sub-freezing temperature kill the larvae? I have some in a new picture frame which is now in my garage, and we’ve had sub zero (celsius) for a few nights now. I removed the painting and kept it indoors. Also may some have left the frame to […]

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We have a wooden TV Console that has several worm holes with dust around the holes. We have learned that Rooms To Go imports their furniture and the federal government ‘requires’ the furniture be treated, but there have been instances of untreated furniture being imported to the U.S. We would like to know how to […]

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I have a wood table and cabinet with round headed borers. I took the wood off my lot. A couple of trees were damaged during a storm and they were perfect for this furniture so used them not realizing the borers were still alive or active. Now I’m seeing exit holes and sawdust and I’m […]

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I have been told that deathwatch beetles are in my wall. At least they’re in some molding and I’m afraid they’ve spread to other parts of the home. I first started hearing a knocking sound along one wall and the plumber said it had nothing to do with my pipes. Sometimes it would stop for […]

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I have powderpost beetles in some of my ash wood trim and door frames. Several trim pieces are severely damaged and I intend to replace them. Can I remove and treat the back side of the trim with minimal exit holes and the nearby undamaged trim? The home is 5 years old, but I had […]

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We have a friend who discovered powderpost beetles in their wainscoting on a plaster wall around their fireplace. The wainscoting is painted. Is there a product to treat/kill the beetles over painted wood? The insect control technician who diagnosed the problem said products to treat/kill the PPDs in the wood such as Boracare wouldn’t be […]

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We discovered a white grub (1″ long or so) living inside a wooden picture frame. we first noticed some tiny holes that powdery stuff came out of. we’ve had the frame for 6 years. painted surface. is it the only one that might have been in the frame when we got it? More? Help! thanks. […]

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I have lots of otherwise beautiful maple for making furniture but the powder post beetles are obvious. Should I just scrap it and use it as firewood or is there any possibility of salvaging it? Any suggestions will be much appreciated by this novice woodworker. Many thanks. Marv There is no need to scrap this […]

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Hi there! We had borers that left lots of big holes and channels in our old heart pine floor. Last summer we bought Boracare to treat the floor. We sanded the floor, taking off the polyurethane and then sprayed the Boracare on the floors – both top side and bottom (able to reach from the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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