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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 space in a cardboard box. I thew them all away and the box, but do i have to worry about the attic being infested? The drum ornaments were unfinished wood, which they seemed to like. The ornaments were sitting in the attic for a few years.

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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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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 me your opinion.  Thank You.

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Hello,
My fiance and I are in the process of buying a house, we have proceeded as far as the termite and moisture inspection and have since decided to hold off on any further decisions as we take in this matter. Neither, my fiance or I were present during this inspection to see the damage first hand. The inspector would not give us the clearance letter we need to proceed, becuase he said he saw powder post beetles; in the crawl space as well as in the attic. I have searched online about the ppb's and from what I understand is they start in a moist area, such as the crawl space; and work their way up. Our realtor is fairly new to the scene only been in the business a couple months, and she siays there is no way to tell if the beetles have infested the walls/whole house (the house has hardwood floors). I also read that the infestiation could be inactive. Is their any way to tell if the beetles have infested in the walls and or the floor and if so, are there any treatments you would recomend.

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