What do powderpost beetles look like?

Powderpost beetles are small—from 1/8”-1/4” long and vary in color from red to black.  They have very flat bodies that allow them to creep into wood cracks and do much damage.  

 

Where do powderpost beetles live?

Powderpost beetles live in wood.  They lay their eggs in naturally occurring cracks, then when the larvae hatches, they build tunnels which they fill with very fine sawdust.  They infest both hard and softwoods The most telltale sign of powderpost beetles is a fine sawdust coming out of their holes.

 

What damage do powderpost beetles do?

Everyone knows that termites are one of the most destructive pests, but powderpost beetles are close behind.  They can infest a structure and sometimes not even be noticed for 10 years—when it is too late.  If you suspect powderpost beetle activity, contact Ace Walco right away for a free inspection.  

 

How do I protect my home from powderpost beetles?

The best way to avoid damage from powderpost beetles is to avoid bringing them home.  A thorough inspection of any wood product coming onto your property is the best prevention.  If you do notice any telltale, powdery sawdust, you’ve got a problem on your hands.

 

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