wood boring bugs in antique furniture

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.

Boracare:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/boracare-gal

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.

Jecta Gel:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/gel/jecta-gel-10-oz

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

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Comments on wood boring bugs in antique furniture

November 26, 2012

Bebe Myers @ 11:25 am #

I have noticed, for 2-3 years this residue (white) that almost looks like drops of hardened white paste of some sort. It is mostly under antique furniture. It is very difficult to remove. I redid my house in 2004 and put in Brazil cherry floors as the house was completely carpeted before. The exterminator came today and he thinks this is caused by powderpost beetles but I don’t see any holes. He said he “thought” he saw one. According to your info they leave a talcum powder residue. This looks like talcum powder but it is very hard, stuck to the floor and very hard to remove??? Do you think these “leavings” could be from powderpost beetles?

January 21, 2016

Mike D @ 1:31 pm #

We have a mahogany dresser about 70 years old which has been in our bedroom for about 16 years. We just noticed two separate piles of what seems like sand, carmel colored. One under a foot and the other centered under the piece. I flipped the piece over and there is damage to the bottom front apron. I was able to break the wood apart with my fingers to expose what looked like termite tunnels. The piece is not near any source of moisture and hasn’t moved location for at least 8 years. Any idea as to what’s causing the damage and how to treat it?