I filled “old” holes in some old furniture and noticed this year that there are new holes. Which products could I use to treat my old furniture ? do the product damage the surface of the wood ? What is the most efficient treat the furniture with a product or use the fumigation ?
Thank you for your help.
If you read the section of our POWDERPOST BEETLE CONTROL ARTICLE which discusses how to treat furniture, you’ll see you have several options. In the article you’ll learn that right now there are adults emerging and in fact they’re not the ones doing the bulk of the damage. The real problem is the larvae in the wood which are eating away deep inside the piece. To stop the cycle you must reach them with a poison that can penetrate the wood through and through. Fumigation is most certainly one way to treat and it can be done by a service company for hire. However, this process is quite costly and many times will far outweigh the value of the piece. If you find this to be the case here you might decide to do some treating yourself. In the long run this will be a fraction of the cost compared to fumigation but it will require some effort on your part.
The products we recommend for such treating yourself include the JECTA GEL and the BORACARE. Neither will hurt the furniture finish and both will soak throughout the wood which will effectively kill feeding larvae. Jecta Gel is injected through holes you’ll need to drill in discrete locations. Once injected, the gel will permeate through the wood and if done properly, provide a uniform barrier through which the larvae won’t be able to eat.
The Boracare is easier to apply but will be limited to only being applied to sides of the piece which are untreated and don’t have any finish. In other words, you cannot apply it over urethane or any other outside finish that will “block” it from penetrating. So you’ll have to use it on sides “inside” the piece or underneath/bottom sides which are still unfinished and raw. Boracare is odorless and can be either sprayed or painted on so it’s easy to work with. In some cases a few applications will be needed to insure deep penetration but when done right, the job can last for many years if not indefinitely.
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