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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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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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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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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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I just bought an antique buffet in an antique mall.  It is by far one of the favorite pieces I have collected.  I bought it in May-ish, and it was in the owner’s (of the mall) garage all summer. I do not remember any holes when I bought it and I looked it over pretty […]

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Orkin has informed me my crawlspace has both powderpost beetles & old house borer and the cost to treat is $1600.  I wonder if this a high cost or I do not even know if the crawl space is even infected with the bugs. Or if it is can you treat yourself ?  Please give […]

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We have a big Halloween party every year.  One of the main decorations is a dead tree that I bring in, put orange lights on and scary decorations.  This year the tree has some kind of bugs that are making a “saw-dust” mess.  A friend believes they are powderpost beetles. Before bringing the tree, in […]

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Dear Madam, dear Sir, We have just moved to the US from the Netherlands. When setting up our antique closet from around 1830 we noticed that it must have a woodworm. It is a very beautiful and expensive cherry wood closet with a shiny finish on the outside. The wood dust however was found on […]

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I make furniture out of burls sliced and branch legs. The ironwood I used for legs has beetles. Can one use one of your products mixed with water and let the ends of the legs set in it and soak up the length of the leg? Which product? I also have maple boards, spalted and […]

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We bought custom made cabinets and these beetles came out if after owning them for over a year.  My home is full of wood furniture, floors and of course exposed beams.  We had the bugs identified through an insect diagnositic lab.  So I contacted an exterminator and they did not want to do the job.  […]

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