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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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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.

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We have pecky cypress (with whitewash stain) that has been in our house for about 20 years now. I noticed large holes in it, no sawdust around, but it is disentergrating.  Was told by  a professional that if it was bugs we'd see sawdust.  I still believe it could be some type of beetle eating away.  Any idea?  We do bring in firewood for our fireplace. I've noticed holes in the firewood.  Should I use Boracare?

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How's it going? I live in western North Carolina.  I cut down a bunch of big eastern white pines off of my property last winter.  I am currently having them sawed at a local sawmill to use in my house.  Most of them are going to be used as exposed rafters in the ceiling and as floor joists.  The sizes vary from 4" x 8" to 6" x 12".  There was some sign of bark beetles on some of the trees.  I am concerned with the bark beetles and other bores that might be in the sawn beams.  The beams will be air dryed.  Do I need to worry with any control since all the bark will be off?  What kind of chemicals are available to spray or roll onto the beams to control any problems I might have?  I do have a commercial pesticide license and can buy most any product.  Any advice or help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks for your time.  I look forward to hearing back from you.

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Our home is over 30 years old and we have never seen any evidence of Powderpost Beetles. We are considering renewing a Powderpost Beetle service contract (covers inspection and retreatment) that we have had for years but wonder if it makes sense to do so. With the information you provide and the products now available, it sounds like we could do this ourselves and save $150 + per year. Could you provide any advice for us? Thank you.

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