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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Where PPB’ s have emerged from finished hardwood flooring although it is presumed they will not lay their eggs on the finished wood, is it reasonable to suspect that the Beetles may seek to re-enter the floor at a flight or exit hole to lay their eggs? How many eggs will a Beetle lay at […]

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Most people fear that termites will infest their home. Yes, its true that termites may find a meal at your house. But they are not the only pests ready to eat the wood used to keep your house together… Powderpost Beetles and other wood eating insects….READ MORE…



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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 […]

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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? […]

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About 6-8 months ago, we started to find on a regular basis 2-3 powderpost beetles at a time. upstairs mainly, bed room, bathroom, water bowls, beds, closets, around windowsills [which needed sealing off – just fixed it]. My question – what number constitute an infestation? Will these few die off on its own? plus we […]

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Hi, we recently purchased a flower vase from india and got it to our home . I had not realized it but after two days i noticed a lot of powder falling off from the vase. I sensed something was wrong and when I turned it upside down, some brown tiny beetle like insects fell […]

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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. First, BORACARE goes […]

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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? Thanks. There is always a threat that neighboring populations of any insect can spread. This is […]

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I just brought home a load of old barn boards and  piled the load next to another load of cedar boards about 75 yards from my house, with the intent of building a shed.  Then I noticed all the tiny exit holes and fresh sawdust.  Should I burn all the barn boards?  Is there any […]

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I have small holes in some logs being used for furniture and I’m sure they’re some kind of boring beetle. What species might they be and how can I treat? I’d like to save this furniture as it was handmade and only a couple of years old. There are many species of wood boring beetles […]

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Hi, 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 […]

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Hello – I have signs of the powderpost beetles in the interior walls of my home. My pest control company says they can’t treat it because the wood is stained and it won’t absorb the pesticide. The area is a window sill in a house that’s over 50 years old. I did a remodel in […]

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