sculptured pine beetles in furniture

I have a pine tree cut in half and am using it for a vanity top for a sink in one of my bathrooms. It was in someone’s yard, cut, sanded, stained and sealed with a polyurethane.  It has been in my house for 6 months and yesterday I noticed what is the sculptured pine beetle on my floor. Not realizing at first where the bugs were coming from and then finding out I panicked and took the vanity outside. It has about 20 little holes.   Now what do I do?  Can I treat that vanity top so I can save it or should I get rid of it and start over?  your help is greatly appreciated.  I have a lot of wood in my home so I don’t the bugs to cause any damage to the rest of my house.

Thank you.

Since you have a house which has “a lot of wood”, I feel it would be in your best interest to take care when bringing in any wood for future projects and construction. Unprocessed wood, especially anything that’s large or thick in size, can easily hide all kinds of insects. As explained in our POWDERPOST BEETLE CONTROL article, wood eating beetles are amongst the most common beetles found worldwide and I suspect that most of these would find plenty to eat in your house. With this concern cited, here are my suggestions given the current situation…

As I see it, most wood you bring inside to work on or keep for any length of time should be treated. This is a must for anything you intend on keeping alongside other projects or furniture in the house. Since there are so many ways for active beetles to hide in wood and so many optional food items already in your home, there is just too much risk associated with randomly bringing anything inside unless you are 100% sure there is no need for concern. Since treating any wood intended to be used for furniture or other construction is so easy to do and inexpensive to protect when unfinished and raw, I would recommend that for now on you start treating with the BORACARE as a safeguard and surefire preventive measure. It will both purge any wood you want to use of all insects as well as guard it against future attacks or infestations.

So to answer your most urgent question: “Now what do I do?”; I believe there are two viable options. As explained in my previous message, I believe you need to treat any wood you intend on keeping and using for the home. So the vanity can be saved if you treat it with the Boracare. This will both get rid of the current population of sculptured beetles as well as protect it from any future infestations. But is it worth saving? That I cannot answer. As our article explains, you need to have access to an unfinished side of the wood so the Boracare is able to penetrate deep enough and have an impact on the feeding larvae. I don’t know if the wood is so well sealed with the polyurethane that it will involve a lot of work and hence destruction that the piece will be too altered in the process of getting it prepared for the treatment. In laymans terms; is it feasible to save? If not, abandoning it may be the better option. But if you decide to start from scratch, my recommendation still stands: treat the new wood with the Boracare prior to construction to insure it won’t have the same fate as the first vanity. Nothing is more frustrating than to find wood beetles in any piece which has undergone countless man hours of construction so make sure this doesn’t happen again; preventive treatments with Boracare will be your best option now and in the future.

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