How do I treat wood boring bugs in my antique furniture and how do I know if they are in my other furniture?
If you review our POWDERPOST BEETLE CONTROL article, you’ll learn all you need to know about this pest and how to treat. There are two products we discuss in our article ideally formulated for furniture.
The BORACARE is the most common. It will seep through several inches of unfinished wood and once impregnated in the wood grain, any feeding larvae will ingest some and die. Treatments will last many years and won’t affect the piece in any way.
The second product of choice is the JECTA GEL. As the name suggests, this is a gel based treatment that’s applied to holes in the piece that are either already there or put in place by drilling them with a small hand drill. Once applied, the gel will permeate throughout the wood yielding the same results as the Boracare.
As to how you can tell wood is infested? That’s easy. Just look for the exit holes adults will make when leaving the wood. These holes will be small with talc like powder coming out of them. Typically you’ll find the powder under or around any piece which has a problem.
Powderpost Beetle Article: http://www.powderpostbeetles.com/powderpost-beetle-control#furniture