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What are powder post beetles?

The larvae of the powder post beetle are c-shaped and grow to ¼ of an inch in length; they are cream-colored. Adult powder post beetles grow to between 1/8th and ¼ of an inch in length; they are a dark reddish-brown to black. Their body is flattened, narrow and elongated in shape; they have six legs and two antennas that end in a 2-segmented club.

Are powder post beetles dangerous?

Powder post beetles can bite people, but this is not a concern since they spend most of their lives hidden inside of wood. While powder post beetles are not dangerous to people, they are dangerous to the structure of your home because of their habit of infesting structural wood. The kind of wood that they infest is species dependent but both hardwoods and softwoods (young or old) can be infested by these pests.

Why do I have a powder post beetle problem?

Powder post beetles attack manufactured items along with lumber.  A home usually becomes infested with powder post beetles when lumber that is already infested with their eggs is brought inside or used in the building process. Powder post beetles invade the same piece of wood over and over again leading to extensive and expensive damages.

Where will I find powder post beetles?

Powder post beetles are not easy to detect as they spend most of their life inside the wood. They usually come into your home from manufactured wood items like furniture or wood objects you brought back from your vacation. They will infest wood floors and structural lumber.

How do I get rid of powder post beetles?

The best way to get rid of powder post beetles in your yard or home and prevent them from returning is to partner with Castle Pest Management. Our experienced professionals and modern services provide home and business owners with peace of mind knowing that their pest problems will be solved once and for all. If you are looking to get rid of destructive powder post beetles from your property with the help of dedicated, local professionals, reach out to Castle Pest Management today!

How can I prevent powder post beetles in the future?

There are several steps that you can take to help prevent powder post beetles from invading your home.

  • Before bringing wood items into your home, inspect it for signs of powder post beetles (small holes in the surface of the wood).
  • Make sure that the wood you are purchasing has been properly stored and dried.
  • Paint or stain exposed bare wood in your home to help prevent powder post-beetles-they won’t lay their eggs on finished wood surfaces.

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