Powderpost Beetle Quick Facts – Species
- Several hundred species (the list is growing due to continuing introduction of foreign wood into the U.S.)
- Three species are most common in the U.S. (Lyctid, Anobiid, Bostrichid)
Powderpost Beetle Quick Facts – Identification
Adult Lyctid Powderpost Beetle: Image Credits: Powderpost Beetles – PCS Pest Control Services Gulf Islands
Powderpost Beetle Quick Facts – Habits
- Found mostly in softwoods (pine, spruce, fir) and hardwoods (oak, maple)
- Can lie dormant or hidden in wood for 10 years before emerging
- Emerge from wood in Spring
- Attracted to lights and windows, but most active at night (like moths).
Powderpost Beetle Quick Facts – Life-cycle
- Larvae does the damage, boring channels in wood, eventually totally disintegrate the wood.
- Larvae transforms to pupae for up to a year, then to an adult which exits the wood by boring a small pin hole (see image below).
- Fine dust or “frass” can be seen at or below the exit hole.
- Adult finds a mate, then lays eggs in exposed wood pores, cracks or crevices
- Eggs hatch, cycle continues.
Inspect your home for signs of powderpost beetle damage:
Image credits: Powderpost Beetles – PCS Pest Control Services Gulf Islands
Powderpost Beetle Quick Facts – Prevention
- Like the bed bug, the powderpost beetle hitches a ride into the home, only instead of riding in your suitcase and in clothing, it rides in wooden objects (framing, paneling, flooring, furniture…etc.)
- Thoroughly inspect all wood that enters your home either as furniture or building material. Look for the tale-tale exit pinholes. Ensure the wood has been properly kiln dried and certified powderpost beetle free.
- Preventative measures include ventilating all areas of the home (attic, crawl spaces, wall voids…etc.) as powderpost beetles thrive in moist conditions.
Powderpost Beetle Quick Facts – Solution to an existing infestation
- Replacement of damaged lumber or full tarpaulin fumigation is recommended.
- Specialized pesticides that penetrate unfinished wood can also be effective.
- The specialized pesticides are available only to a licensed pest control specialist.