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Powderpost beetleHow To Control Powderpost Beetles

Most people think that when it comes to wood-loving bugs, the usual suspects are termites and carpenter ants. While it may be true that these insects do a lot of damage to the wood elements of homes because of their affinity for burrowing through wood, there is another bug that homeowners should worry about targeting your home’s precious wood.

Powderpost Beetles are one such pest. Powderpost beetles are rather rare and are largely unknown but it doesn’t take away from the fact that these pests can be damaging and destructive to homes. Here at Solutions Pest and Lawn you can rest assured that if you need to figure out a way to control a powderpost beetle outbreak on your home, we can point you in the right direction in finding every product you will need to deal with this wood-loving irritant, on top of receiving free DIY how-to advice.

Powderpost Beetle Background Information

Powderpost Beetles (Lyctoxylon dentatum) are part of the Lyctinae subfamily and are also known called Wood boring beetles. They get the name “powderpost” due to the fact that the larvae of these beetles feed on wood and if given enough time they can break down wood until it becomes merely a powdery dust. There are about 70 subspecies of powderpost beetles. These include species like lyctidae,bostrichidae, and the anobiidae (anobiid) which is the most common.

Powderpost beetles have six legs and cylindrical, or elongated bodies that are typically reddish-brown/black color. They have protective wings that feature distinct pit-like rows, giving them a hardened appearance. Powder post beetles go through several stages similar to a fly or a flea. Starting from an egg, they develop into a larvae, pupae and then adult. The adult period is a short lifespan where they mainly lay eggs and soon perish.

It is during the larval stage that powderpost beetles to the most damage.  Once the eggs hatch and the larvae emerges,  they begin to bore into and feed on the wood surrounding them.  It takes typically up to 5 years before the larvae will mature into an adult which means a lot of feeding on wood and on furniture. If a powderpost beetle has infested a wooden piece of furniture this could be indicated through tiny holes in your furniture from this process. You may also find piles of sawdust-like waste called frass which looks similar to coffee grounds. This is another indication of an infestation.

Tips on Powderpost Beetle Control

Powderpost beetles, and indeed most wood loving insects thrive in areas where there is moisture and dampness. This can be a serious issue not only because of the insects but also because these same damp conditions can encourage the growth of other wood destroying problems such as mold. Therefore, if you want to protect your home you should aim to remove as much moisture as possible from the wood that makes up its frame.

The powder post beetle normal enters homes through lumber or wood products that are unfinished like furniture or paneling. They will also attack older wood that has been untreated. The highest risk for infestation is the wood that has been improperly stored outside such as using old barn wood or wood piles in those do-it-yourself projects.

When you purchase wooden objects check to make sure to inspect the wood to make sure it has been dried and treated or that it has been sanded and has a varnished finish. Also, do not purchase wood with damaged surfaces or with present exit holes.

Solutions Recommended Products for Controlling Powderpost Beetles

There are several effective ways you can handle powderpost beetles, one of them is using a product that is also effective in treating termites which is Boracare. Boracare works well to treat active infestations of powderpost beetles. This product contains borate which has the ability to penetrate and get rid of Powderpost beetles inside the wood as well as those entering or exiting the surface of the wood. Boracare also works because it attack the larvae inside the wood, preventing them from causing further surface damage in the future.

Tim-Bor Insecticide is also a good insecticide to tackle powderpost beetles but is geared more towards prevention but not control. Jecta Injectable Borate is another fine borate based product that is a good option when you have a piece of furniture that cannot be stripped of it’s finish. In cases such as this, holes will need to be drilled for Jecta to be applied.

When it comes to insecticide sprays, boracare could be applied as a spray or Tempo SC Ultra or Tempo WP Insecticide to treat an infestation.

Browse our powderpost beetle control products below and if you have any questions, chat with us online or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you.


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