Powder Post Beetle

Back in the 1800s, nearly every home in New England suffered from powder post beetle (Lyctidae, and Anobiidae) infestations. Fortunately they no longer exist at this epidemic level, though many houses still suffer the problem. Their telltale sign is the numerous pin sized exit holes they leave behind in infested wood. Typically, the damage occurs in damp areas like basements, crawl spaces and garages. An active infestation will feature a light colored powder which spills out of the small exit holes they excavate. Often times this powder will accumulate on floors in very small piles. Powder post beetle removal methods include the use of borates (a naturally occurring material) which is applied to the infested areas as a liquid. The borate material is absorbed into the wood, which in turn provides long-term protection against this pest as well as many other wood destroying pests. Contact us @ 1-800-525-8084 for powder post beetle extermination.



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