powderpost beetlePowderpost beetles are wood-boring beetles that primarily impact unfinished, unpainted, and unsealed wood that has low moisture. When it comes to structural damage, they are second to termites

They inflict damage to wood products such as wooden beams, hardwood floors, cabinets, musical instruments, and furniture.

Many species of powderpost beetles have been distributed worldwide due to the timber industry. The majority of powderpost beetles feed on a variety of different types of wood, while others may be more specialized to feed on a particular wood. 

From the scrap lumber in our backyard to the antique furniture in your basement, any aging wood can be infested by powderpost beetles. 

If you find signs of powderpost beetles, contact your local and reputable pest exterminator Rid-A-Bug.

What Are the Signs of a Powderpost Beetle Infestation?

Some species of powder beetles bore into wood and lay their eggs either on the surface or untreated wood or in tunnels just below the surface. Unlike termites, powderpost beetle infestations develop slowly, and beetle larvae generally spend years chewing through wood materials, expelling wood waste that has a powdery consistency. 

Powderpost beetle larvae can’t digest cellulose or lignin components of the wood. They make tunnels through the interior of the wood, weakening its core. 

Evidence of a powderpost beetle infestation includes wood powder on the ground and tiny holes where adult beetles have emerged from the wood. Depending on the location, adult beetles emerge from wood during the spring and summer months. 

Different Types of Powderpost Beetles

All three types of these beetles are found in the US and are considered “powder post beetles” because they are all wood-boring beetles that destroy wood by turning it into a fine powder. 

  • Anobiid Powderpost Beetles: This insect is a common pest in crawl spaces and poorly ventilated areas where moisture tends to collect. 
  • Lyctid Powderpost Beetles: They attack hardwoods depositing their eggs and dead and dried hardwoods such as the dead branches and limbs of trees. Their presence is overlooked until they are discovered in stored lumber, rafters, finished wood, and furniture products. 
  • Bostrichidae Powderpost Beetles: This species does not reinfest wood after it is seasoned, so the damage is limited to one generation. However, the speed of damage can be considerable. They are often found in oak, firewood, and furniture. 

What Should I Do If I Suspect a Powderpost Beetle Infestation?

Consult with a pest management professional to assist in surveillance, assessment, and potential treatment of the powderpost beetle infestation. Fresh, powdery, sawdust-like piles present near exit holes may indicate an active infestation. 

To ensure there is an active infestation, clean up the powder and revisit areas to check for new piles of powder. Remember, infestations may vary seasonally, with most occurring in spring and summer periods, depending on geographic location. 

Does Rid-A-Bug Treat Powderpost Beetles?

Of course! We are readily equipped to rid this pest for you. Powderpost beetles are not an insect that you want to try and attempt to eliminate on your own. 

Pesticides can be dangerous, and they don’t always work effectively. For more information on how to effectively control and prevent this pest, give the professionals at Rid-A-Bug a call. We can assist you with any pest problems or situations you may be facing.