infestation by powderpost beetles in flower vase

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 out. I immediately did an internet search and found out they were powder post beetles. I threw the vase out but am afraid the insect must have infected the other new wooden furniture I had purchased. This new furniture is from another local reputed brand and is expensive. How should I prevent this beetle adult from infecting my other furniture? Please help.

The good news is you acted promptly and removed the infected vase. The bad news is you don’t know if any adult beetles left the vase, found a mate and then a prime location elsewhere in the home. As explained in our POWDERPOST BEETLE CONTROL ARTICLE, relocating adults will naturally target similar wood as that which they left. So if you have any “new” or “old” furniture that is close in species to the infected vase, it could very well become a target.

To protect any of these pieces, you’ll need to treat as explained in our article. Either the BORACARE or the JECTA GEL should be able to handle the job. In most cases, the Boracare is the way to go – especially if the wood is unfinished and porous. Alternatively, if the wood is all sealed up with a finish that won’t allow Boracare to penetrate, the Jecta Gel will have to be used. More information on these treatment options can be found in our article.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Powderpost Beetle Control:


Jecta Gel:


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Comments on infestation by powderpost beetles in flower vase

October 2, 2011

Mrs. Ahmed @ 1:51 am #

Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I really appreciate it. I called many of the local pest control agents here in our country but they don’t know about jecta gel. They said they will brush the polished furniture with FENVALERATE. It is a broad spectrum insecticide. I hope they know what they are doing.