A type of wood-destroying insect, powderpost beetles are capable of reducing a piece of wood into a fine pile of dust. There are approximately 70 species of powderpost beetles, and their appearance and wood preferences vary by species. In general, these insects are reddish-brown, and their bodies are long, narrow, and flat. They have two eleven-segmented antennae with distinctive two-segmented clubs at their ends. Female powderpost beetles lay their eggs in pieces of wood; after the larvae emerge from the eggs, they feed on the wood – causing damage to it.
Their larvae are white and shaped like the letter “C.” The larval stage is the life stage that causes the most damage to wood infested with these destructive, wood-eating pests. Powderpost beetle larvae eat sugar, starch, and protein found in wood.
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These beetles pose no direct threat to people.; like termites and carpenter ants, powderpost beetles are a type of wood-destroying insect and are capable of causing extensive damage to wooden structures on your property. Powderpost beetle larvae feed on the interior of wood and, after developing into adults, leave behind exit holes on its exterior surface. In addition to damaging structural wood, they also cause damage to personal property like books, furniture, and framed pictures.
Female powderpost beetles lay their eggs on stored lumber. They find their way into a building, often emerging as adults from a finished project. Adults may also enter into homes on their own when they are out foraging for food. Powderpost beetles hitchhike inside homes in older pieces of furniture or antiques. Additionally, wooden items stored inside barns or other outbuildings often become infested with powderpost beetles.
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In addition to our residential pest control and commercial pest control services, use the following tips to prevent powderpost beetle infestations:
- Switch white exterior lightbulbs with yellow or L.E.D. bulbs that are less attractive to insects.
- Make sure wood purchased to use in your home was stored appropriately.
- Avoid using old barn wood inside your home.
- Paint or stain the wood in, on, or around your home.
- Use dehumidifiers and air-conditioners to reduce the amount of moisture in your home.
- Do not store furniture that you eventually want to bring indoors inside barns, sheds, or garages.
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