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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 effective since the wood is painted. Tenting the home at approximately $30,000 is not financially feasible for our retired friends. What can they do?

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I have been told that deathwatch beetles are in my wall. At least they're in some molding and I'm afraid they've spread to other parts of the home. I first started hearing a knocking sound along one wall and the plumber said it had nothing to do with my pipes. Sometimes it would stop for a week or two but then come back. Then I found holes and sawdust coming from some molding. We think it's made from cherry wood. I have it in other parts of the home too which is why I'm worried but I've only heard the sounds in this one room.

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I have a wood table and cabinet with round headed borers. I took the wood off my lot. A couple of trees were damaged during a storm and they were perfect for this furniture so used them not realizing the borers were still alive or active. Now I'm seeing exit holes and sawdust and I'm afraid my house is getting infested. Do I need to burn these pieces or can I save them somehow? And what about trees that are infested? Is there anyway of treating them too?

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We have a wooden TV Console that has several worm holes with dust around the holes. We have learned that Rooms To Go imports their furniture and the federal government 'requires' the furniture be treated, but there have been instances of untreated furniture being imported to the U.S.

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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 they've gotten in to on the underside of the bottom (not painted), and the bottom (which comes out) has more from where they've been at the soundboard. That's also the case when you turn the piano around and look at the back. That's entirely frame and soundboard, unpainted. Also when you lift out the keyboard–which you need to do from time to time for maintenance–you see sawdust from the underside of the keys.

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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 that you recommend will not harm the finish on the old doll parts so am concerned with how to handle.

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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 TRACKS AND HOLES IN THE WOOD. MY QUESTIONS ARE: CAN I TREAT THE BRANCHES WITH BORACARE? IS ONE TREATMENT ENOUGH? CAN I PUT A FINISH ON THE WOOD AFTER TREATMENT? HOW WILL I KNOW IF IT IS SAFE TO TAKE THE FINISHED PIECE INTO THE HOUSE? THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

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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 to call an exterminator and construction worker. It had a crawl space basement, quite dry. We have to make a decision soon about purchasing this 300 year old house, but we cannot afford huge structural problems in the future that would require cement and steal beams. Presently there are some wooden beams that have been supporting the basement beams. Please advise. Are we beyond Boracare? Please advise.

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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?

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I have a good amount of lumber, mostly cherry and walnut, that is infested with powder post beetles. I'm looking into treatment both professional and DIY methods. I am familiar with Boracare and Timbor, but have heard through the grape vine about funimagtion?? Is this a real possibility and does it work? Please email or call me with info, advice or any additional information or suggestions! Thank you.

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I just noticed a hole on the inside of our one-year-old new cabinets (oak). I knew something had been "chewing" in the corner of the wall before the new cabinets were installed. Now, I have found these holes almost everywhere. The inside of the cabinets are not finished. Would staining or painting them stop them? So far, only two have appeared. I had an exterminator spray them with a dry power of some sort with a long tube, that's how I found what was doing it. How can I stop them from ruining these cabinets and antiques in our home? Thank you.

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If you find an infestation or the little holes how can you tell if its old or new? I have a cedar log home and do I need to strip all the varnish to apply the "cure" suggested to penetrate the wood and then re-varnish? Does it discolor the wood ? Thanks.

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We have an infestation of what is most likely powder post beetles in our juniper latilla ceiling. We would prefer to use the most effective, but least hazardous control. What would you recommend?

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I have a log home 2 yrs old. The outside of the home has been treated for insects before the stain and topcoat was applied.  This year I've noticed small piles of sawdust (caused by a boaring insect.)  I saw a very small insect mostly black and like a miniature wasp.  The hole it went into was smaller than a NO 2 pensil lead.  This is nothing like a carpenter bee; not aggressive at all. Every few weeks I notice a few more piles of saw dust and holes.  Is this something I should be concerned about?

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Our barn is about 100 years old & we are finding considerable damage in the ground to ceiling (two stories) main supporting 12×12 beams (oak). We have already replaced an area over a doorway & part of a floor support beam.

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