bug bomb for powderpost beetles

I am a woodworker and have a shop full of valuable hardwoods, bamboo, ranging from a tree that was cut and milled in June of 2012 to kiln dried wood. I just discovered powderpost beetles in among the bamboo. I have had time to check the rest of my stash, but it would be a major undertaking to inspect it all. I am hoping I can let off a bug bomb of some sort as spraying all my wood storage areas and between the boards would be next to impossible. Is there a bug bomb that would work? What about the beetles that may already be inside the wood?

If you read our POWDERPOST BEETLE CONTROL article, you’ll learn the larvae of this pest lives deep inside the wood and can only be treated by fumigation or using a wood penetrating agent like BORACARE. Aerosol’s can be used to spot treat their exit holes but overall, this is not a suggested control method for established populations. And “bug bombs” or total release aerosols? Not effective or helpful at all.

As for what to do with the problem you’ve discovered; no doubt treating the bamboo you want to save with Boracare would be an option. Alternatively, discarding it all might be more cost efficient. However, any wood which is harboring live beetles after the bamboo is gone will eventually cause further damage and most likely spread. For this reason I recommend a thorough inspection be done on a monthly basis to insure any wood with activity is promptly found and removed before the exiting adults move on to more of your valuable stock.

Boracare:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/boracare-gal

Powderpost Beetle Article: http://www.powderpostbeetles.com/powderpost-beetle-control

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Comments on bug bomb for powderpost beetles

May 17, 2013

Bill @ 8:00 pm #

I’ve noticed a powder post beetle problem in the exterior, painted wood on my front porch. Most treatment recommendations (i.e. Boracare) are for unpainted wood – any suggestions for treating the problem in primed and painted wood?

May 18, 2013