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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 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 […]

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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? If you review our POWDERPOST BEETLE CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn about a product called BORACARE. […]

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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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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. […]

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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 […]

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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. What do you suggest? I read your information on Boracare. There are no animals […]

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I recently built a canopy bed and several other pieces of furniture from cedar logs and limbs and have now discovered the trees are infested with beetles. Some of the pieces are still raw, but the bed and a few chairs have been coated with polyurethane. From what i’ve read, i assume i’ll have to […]

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We have a newly built palapa in Oaxaca, Mexico. There is already an active beetle infestation in the bamboo to which the palm fronds are tied. Would a topical treatment help? It would have been best to soak the bamboo vertically in borates, but I was unable to find anyone who could or would take […]

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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 […]

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I have a decorative grapewood display on my wall and today I found a larva of some sort beneath it, evidently had fallen out. I looked at the branch directly above it and there were 3 holes.  The larva was about 3/4 inch long, off-whitish with a wide head, very puffy.  I found what I […]

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I have powder post beetles in some nice lumber I want to use.  I do not want to apply any surface control due to finishing problems later.  Can I kill the pests with a heat treatment, such as putting the wood in a kiln and heating to say 160 degrees for 30 min.  If so […]

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I recently installed a maple wood floor in a bedroom of my house. Before sanding and sealing I noticed the evidence of powderpost beetles, small holes and small piles of powdery sawdust. I obtained some Boracare and applied it to the floor per instructions. After completely drying, I sanded and sealed the floor. Within a […]

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Hello, I build Mesquite art and I have a bar top that I installed in a new home. The piece is finished and has oil based polyurethane on it. I have been noticing 2 areas where the beetle is coming out. I am seeing small fine dust and tiny pin hole’s in the sap wood. […]

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