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We have found exit holes and sawdust in the door and door frame of our home. We purchased the home new in 2011 so it is only 1.5 to 2 years old. What should we do to ensure that the beetle infestation will not spread in the house if we replace the front door and door frame?

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I have powderpost beetles in some of my ash wood trim and door frames. Several trim pieces are severely damaged and I intend to replace them. Can I remove and treat the back side of the trim with minimal exit holes and the nearby undamaged trim? The home is 5 years old, but I had been seeing the powder on the floor around the infected wood since the home was a year or so old. Since the door frames are harder to remove, can I drill several holes and use the gel formula on the frames? Thanks.

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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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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 a log cottage built in 1931 of black swamp cedar. An addition was added in 1969 but the outside of the logs have been painted for years. We are now finding powder post beetles in the newer logs. We had them treated 3 years ago with boron or borax by a pest control. We now have fresh signs of powder on the insides of some of the logs. The outside does not seem to be any worse although their are always signs of powder.

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I bought some 8/4 x 10 hit/miss red oak to smooth up and use in furniture but had to store it in my garage for a year.  Found the dust, then the 3/32 holes along most of the edges, but also on some surfaces where contact was complete.  Now I'm wondering if the larvae reside in the hole where the bug  exited. If so, which product could I use on them?  I don't want to stain the oak so am wondering if the products leave some apparent mark of treatment.

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Our neighbors have found that their house has a serious powderpost beetle problem.  Our house is about 75 feet away from theirs with a detached garage in between.  Is there a possibility of the beetles spreading to our house?

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We built a house 4 years ago and purchased some handhewn beams taken from an old barn.  They were supposedly treated before we received them.  After receiving them, we had them stained and put in our great room.  Over the past few months I have noticed evidence of beetles.  My question is can Bora care be used on stained beams?

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My house is 9 years old and has an unfinished basement.  We heat our home with a "wood furnace", and do keep some wood inside during the winter.  I started to notice the fine powder piles a year ago.  I have done much research about the "beetles".  But the one thing I cant figure out is why the only place there is an active "infestation" is between the joist where there is a heating duct up through the floor?  The "sub-floor" is made of the manufactured plywood. There is some obvious damage to the 2X6's floor joists, but I worry if it might go deeper to places that I cant see.

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I have been given some rough cut lumber from 2 to 3 thich. This lumber had been piled in an old barn for about 20 years. There is lots of evidence of what I think are powder post beetles.

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I just bought an antique buffet in an antique mall.  It is by far one of the favorite pieces I have collected.  I bought it in May-ish, and it was in the owner's (of the mall) garage all summer. I do not remember any holes when I bought it and I looked it over pretty well. They delivered it abt 3 wks ago to my garage- I did not look at it, and it was moved to Arkansas a wk ago. It is eaten up!  Orkin says there is nothing they can do. HELP!!  I need to know the gestation period of the beetle.  And I want my buffet bug free!

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About a year ago, we remodeled our den and got new built-in book shelves and cabinets.  We recently discovered the holes and powder of powderpost beetles.  Our exterminator came and drilled each exit hole that we could find (50+) and sprayed in each hole.  The wood is a thin veneer so I think the penetration is good.  We are now monitoring for new holes and more powder. There is a void space behind the bookshelves and the room on the other side of the wall is my bedroom.  After reading your articles, I'm wondering if it would be best to possibly take down the sheetrock in my bedroom and try to get at the bookshelves from behind to apply the Boracare.  I really don't want to have to rip out my brand new bookshelves because they are tied in to some stonework and I don't want to have to tent the house because I know that will be very expensive due to the size of the home but I definitely want to stop the beetles from spreading.  What do you think?

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Hi

Great site.

I have some white oak logs I will be making furniture with, that have been infested with some sort of bug.

These bugs shoot out off-white saw dust cylinders that are the diameter of the hole, but literally extend up 1-2 inches, often curling over.   When touched, the disintegrate into sawdust.

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In March 2010 noticed "shot holes" on top of Duncan Phyffe mahogany dining table that weren't there in February.  New windows installed in our 37 yr old home March 1 & 2 on cold AND HUMID days.  Purchased Bora Care mid March but haven't applied it yet.  More holes discovered on plywood chair bottoms and matching buffet.  Did moisture prompt dormant larvae to mature to adulthood? Are adults a threat to structure of home and other furniture (new or old)?  Can applying Bora Care drive live adults out into our home?  Which prompts the concern about where to treat furniture.  Garage has raw radiata lumber we don't want infested yet lots of rain/humidity in Mobile, AL means outside on deck (pretty rotten wood that could be infested during treatment) is a risky place for my antique furniture.  Can we feel safe about doing treatment indoors in a room with ceramic tile lined with plastic that has no other furniture besides cabinets to apply Bora Care?  Will it be safe re: fumes for my 4 and 6 yr old to inhale if inside?
New interior doors, base and crown moulding has been installed to home since purchasing in May 2008 but no exit holes found. No exit holes in new furniture.  Was old furniture the source of infestation?  Is treatment of all raw sides of furniture necessary?  Filling and refinishing holes is my preference right?  Weighing out the value of time to be invested in pieces which need a lot of work.

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