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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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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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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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I have several pear and apple trees. The barks on these trees have tiny little holes throughout the base. Trees seem to be dying. I think the culprit is a Flat Head Boring Beetle. How can I get rid of these creatures and save my trees? Flat head borers are amongst the more common wood […]

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WE HAD A 60 FOOT PINE TREE COME DOWN IN A WIND STORM SEVERAL YEARS AGO. I KEEP THE BRANCHES AND HAD THEM STORED OUTSIDE. THEY GO TO ABOUT 4″ IN DIAMETER. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SOME FURNITURE  WITH THEM. I STARTED A PROJECT THIS PAST WEEK AND WHEN REMOVING THE BARK DISCOVERED TUNNEL […]

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My husband and i are seriously considering purchasing a house in a historical section of the Northeast U.S. We had a home inspection today and he pointed out beams throughout the house that may have had powder beetles. The beams had many, many small holes. He did not think they were active but advised us […]

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Friends bought a cabinet from Walmart (from China) and one of the support pieces has evidence of woodworm. In six months, it has gotten worse with over 20 exit holes and telltale “talcum” powder-like dust piles. What should they do? If you review our POWDERPOST BEETLE CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn about a product called BORACARE. […]

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I have an antique table which has or has had a beetle infestation in the soft wood. The underside of the table has been stained, but not finish coat was applied. Can I apply the Boracare solution to this stained underside and expect sufficient penetration to kill any larvae? Ideally BORACARE should be applied to […]

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Hello, I have a good amount of lumber, mostly cherry and walnut, that is infested with powder post beetles. I’m looking into treatment both professional and DIY methods. I am familiar with Boracare and Timbor, but have heard through the grape vine about funimagtion?? Is this a real possibility and does it work? Please email […]

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I just noticed a hole on the inside of our one-year-old new cabinets (oak). I knew something had been “chewing” in the corner of the wall before the new cabinets were installed. Now, I have found these holes almost everywhere. The inside of the cabinets are not finished. Would staining or painting them stop them? […]

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About 6-8 months ago, we started to find on a regular basis 2-3 powderpost beetles at a time. upstairs mainly, bed room, bathroom, water bowls, beds, closets, around windowsills [which needed sealing off – just fixed it]. My question – what number constitute an infestation? Will these few die off on its own? plus we […]

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Hi, we recently purchased a flower vase from india and got it to our home . I had not realized it but after two days i noticed a lot of powder falling off from the vase. I sensed something was wrong and when I turned it upside down, some brown tiny beetle like insects fell […]

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If you find an infestation or the little holes how can you tell if its old or new? I have a cedar log home and do I need to strip all the varnish to apply the “cure” suggested to penetrate the wood and then re-varnish? Does it discolor the wood ? Thanks. First, BORACARE goes […]

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Hi, I have found the fine powder evidence of woodworms and found exit holes in several, (15) of our musical instruments (called Ngoni’s ancestors to the American banjo). The instruments are from Africa and are made of hardwood logs approximately 20 inches long that have scooped out to form an oblong bowl shape with a […]

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We have a log cottage built in 1931 of black swamp cedar. An addition was added in 1969 but the outside of the logs have been painted for years. We are now finding powder post beetles in the newer logs. We had them treated 3 years ago with boron or borax by a pest control. […]

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