Powder Post Beetles

[column width=”1/3″ place=”first” ]powderpost beetle bug central [/column] [column width=”2/3″ place=”last” ] Powder Post Beetles are found in a variety of wood products. They infest everything from wicker baskets to hardwood floors and pianos. They are usually detected by seeing very fine saw dust or little holes in wood surfaces. Unsealed wood can harbor beetle larvae, so adults might not emerge until long after your home has been constructed. It could even take several years, depending on the species and individual conditions. Adult beetles lay eggs in the crevices of uncoated wood. When larvae hatch, they start tunneling and sometimes you can see the outline of the tunnels near the wood’s surface, following the soft areas of the grain, but in many cases you cannot see any evidence at all that larvae are present. As the larvae bore through the wood the tunnels behind them become packed with sawdust. They stop near the surface of the wood where they then mature into adult beetles.[/column]