Woodboring Beetles

Woodboring Beetle Larvae Damage
Woodboring Beetle Larvae often do the damage

The name woodboring beetle refers to a large group of wood destroying and eating insects. While many New England home and business owners are familiar with the threat carpenter ants and termites, several common species of woodboring beetle can infest wooden frames/supports of homes/commercial buildings, wooden furniture, and the trees in yards and outdoor spaces.

While woodboring beetles (along with other wood destroying insects) serve an important, ecological function in forested settings, they can wreak havoc when they find their ways to more urban settings. Two of the most common woodboring beetles that Bain Pest Control Service commonly treats are powderpost beetles and old-house borer beetles.

Powderpost Beetles

Powderpost BeetlePowderpost beetles get their name from the ultimate results of their wood eating: turning solid wood into nothing but a fine wood dust! As such, a powderpost beetle infestation in the trees in your yard or in the wooden beams of your home need to be treated quickly and thoroughly to prevent serious damage.

Powderpost beetle infestations can be hard to spot in the early stages. It is the larvae of this species that causes the damage. Adults will lay eggs in wood, and once the larvae hatch they will burrow into the wood. They will consume the wood throughout their larval stage, and then bore out once they’ve matured into adults. The cycle will then continue when they, in turn, reproduce.

Preventing Powderpost Beetle Infestations

Untreated, rough-cut timber can be attacked by powderpost beetles; it can also carry powderpost beetle larvae. Make sure when using unfinished wood in and around your house that it is either kiln-dried, treated, or kept outside and away from the house when being stored. Don’t store wooden furniture outside near trees, or in untreated wooden sheds, barns, etc.

When buying wooden furniture or rough-cut timber, inspect it for any strange holes (a sign that adult beetles might have bored out). New wooden or antique wooden furniture that is suspect may also be fumigated before you bring it into your home.

Getting Rid of Powderpost Beetle Infestations

It’s better to prevent a powderpost beetle problem–by following the above advice–then having to deal with them once they’ve taken root in your home or business. However, controlling powderpost beetles is possible. If a powderpost beetles infest your home or business there are ways to control them. Low level infestation may require an insecticide application to infested and vulnerable wood sources along with eliminating any sources of moisture. High level infestations may require the structure to be fumigated to eliminate these pests.

If you think you’re dealing with powderpost beetles, it’s best to consult a pest management professional.

Powderpost Beetle Facts

  • ~ .25 inch in length
  • brown, small beetle
  • grown adults bore out of wood, leaving holes ⅛ inch to 1/32 inch in diameter
  • leave a powder-like wood dust

Old-house Borer Beetles

Old-house Borer BeetleLike the powderpost beetle, the old-house borer beetle’s larvae are what cause the damage to wooden structures and furniture. While the name implies they target old buildings, this woodboring beetle does not discriminate and will prey on century old homes and brand new homes alike. The beetle is capable of re-infesting wood and spreading, however they tend not to spread with the speed of, say, termites; however, they are capable to severely impacting the integrity of a building if left untreated.

Preventing Old-House Borer Beetles

Preventing old-house borer beetles can be accomplished by following similar steps as outlined in the powderpost beetle prevention listed above. That is: keeping untreated woods away from vulnerable areas, kiln-drying rough-rough cut timbers, and fumigating/treating any suspect furniture or lumber.

Getting Rid of Old-House Borer Beetles

As is the case with most pest management issues, prevention is the preferred treatment choice; however, old-house borers can be difficult to spot and keep out. If you do end up suffering from an old-house borer infestation, the only guaranteed treatment solution is fumigation service.

Old-House Borer Beetle Facts

  • ~ ⅝ to an inch in length
  • black or grey
  • long antennae
  • emerging adults leave holes in the wood ¼ to ⅜ inch in diameter
  • create a powder-like wood dust (also called “frass”)

Woodboring Beetle Control

If you suspect a woodboring beetle problem, don’t delay: contact Bain Pest Control Service for a free consultation. There are a number of insects and pest that can attack wood, and the first step in dealing with a problem is identifying the culprit. With over 80 years of experience and the best pest management professionals in the region, we can help you determine if the wood destroying insect or beelte you’re confronting and recommend a custom treatment solution to meet your needs.

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