do powderpost beetles bite?

I think I might have powderpost beetles in my RV. How would I treat my RV and do these things bite humans.

First, the easy question to answer: I’m not aware of anyone getting bit by a powderpost beetle. Now could it happen? Most definitely. Adults have chewing mouth parts used to bore their way out of the host wood where they live. These same mouth parts could no doubt impart a bite upon most anything including a human. But there is nothing they want (normally) on a human so I don’t think this is anything to be concerned about nor have I heard of it ever happening. But based on their physical design, they could.

Second, the treatment of your RV would be much the same as if the infestation was in your home, a piece of furniture or any other piece of wood. You’ll need to identify the host wood where the larvae are feeding. This wood will have to treated with some of the products we have listed in our POWDERPOST BEETLE CONTROL article. Most people find the BORACARE or JECTA GEL to be ideally suited for RV’s but this will depend somewhat on the design of the vehicle, where the wood is mostly located, etc. I suggest you get a good handle on these beetles and the products needed to treat a local infestation and then decide if you need further assistance. At that time you can call us toll free at 1-800-877-7290 for more help.

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

Powderpost Beetle Control:


Jecta Gel:

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