Powder Post Beetles
Powder post beetles can be a serious problem for homeowners because they can destroy not only cellar beams but furniture as well. Most often the home owner is never even aware of their silent and destructive activity.
Powder post beetles earned their name because of the fine wood dust, or powder type of frass, they produce as they bore through a variety of woods. Furniture in particular, can have relatively high moisture content – about 14 percent or higher. Powder Post Beetles are typically very active in poorly-ventilated areas, especially after furniture has absorbed moisture over time. In fact, powder post beetles have been known to be inside furniture for decades before ever even revealing their presence.
Powder post beetles are very small – only about a 1/16 to 3/8 of an inch in length. While you might think it’s the adult powder post beetles that do all the damage, it’s actually done by mature larvae – adult powder post beetles only live long enough to breed more powder post beetles. They go through a complete metamorphosis, just like flies and fleas, starting with eggs, growing to larvae, pupae, and then finally on to adulthood.
If you think you might have a powder post beetle infestation, contact experienced professional exterminators, such as Ford’s Hometown Services. They’ll know the proper techniques and treatments to get rid of your powder post beetle problem.
There are actually three types of powder post beetles: anobiid, lyctid, and bostrichidae. Lyctid powder post beetles are the ones most commonly found in households because they prefer hardwoods such as mahogany and oak, which is most often used in making furniture. The powder – or “frass” as it’s called – is very fine and flour-like. Lyctid powder post beetles leave exit holes about the size of a push pin hole.
If you suspect you might have powder post beetles, play it safe and call the pros here at Ford’s Hometown Services. We’ll quickly evaluate the situation and determine if you need to take steps to eliminate powder post beetles.
The best service starts here.
We’re the most trusted pest control and lawn care company in Central Massachusetts. But don’t take our word for it. Read real reviews from happy customers. Then call us and join our growing list of residents, families, and businesses who depend on Ford’s Hometown Services to protect what matters most.
Pest Control has changed over the years but one of the most environmentally responsible things that came out of these changes is the implementation of IPM. According to the EPA, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive...
As the cooler weather is upon us there are a few housekeeping chores you may not have considered. mice, lady bugs, western conifer seed bugs, stink bugs, spiders and many more insects seek the comfort of your home to overwinter during this time of the year. So what...
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are on the move this time of the year. The fluctuating temperatures let these bugs know it is time to find a spot to overwinter. You can find these pest on the sunny side of the home on warm fall days. They are harmless to your home but are...