Powderpost Beetles

What are powderpost beetles?

Powderpost beetles are small wood-boring insects that feed on wood. Their larvae tunnel under the surface of the wood, eating the wood as they move. When the larvae mature, they exit the wood through a tiny hole that’s about the size of a pinhead. 

What do powderpost beetles look like?

Powderpost beetles are very small; most measure just 1/16” long.  They have long, flat bodies that are usually brown or black in color. The larvae are larger at ¼” in length. The larvae are white and often shaped like a crescent. 

Are powderpost beetles dangerous?

The danger with powderpost beetles is in their ability to infest and destroy soft and hardwoods in your home or business. They can undermine the structural integrity of your home and cause thousands of dollars in damage. 

How did I get powderpost beetles?

Powderpost beetles are usually brought into your home or business when you purchase wood that already has powderpost beetles living in it. 

What are the signs of a powderpost beetles infestation?

Look for tiny holes in your wood that are between 1/16” and 1/32” in diameter. Also, look for piles of very fine wood dust next to these tiny exit holes. 

How do I get rid of Powderpost Beetles?

Powderpost beetles can be very difficult to eliminate. Pest control professionals like Debug can inspect your home or business and identify a powderpost beetle infestation.  Once they have determined that you do have these wood-boring beetles and assess the total damage, they can work with you to create a plan to eliminate them from your home or business. If you are seeing signs of powderpost beetles in your home or business, start by contacting Debug Pest Control and scheduling an inspection.

Debug can identify and help get rid of pests from your home with our pest control and removal services.

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