Powder Post Beetles

Powder Post Beetles

Powder Post Beetles are found all over the world with eleven species found in the United States alone. They are the most common and widespread of the wood-boring beetles in the United States, frequently causing the need for powder post beetle control.

Adult Powder Post Beetles range from a 1/8th of an inch to 1/4th of an inch in size and larvae are usually less than a 1/4th of an inch long. When fully matured, Powder Post Beetles slender and flattened in shape with short antennae and are reddish brown to black in color. The larvae, which are left behind in the cracks of the wood by the adults, are cream colored and slightly C-shaped.

The long, narrow, flat bodies of the mature adults allow them to easily bore into wood surfaces, the first place to look during powder post beetle control procedures. They prefer the sapwood of hardwoods, especially oak, hickory and ash and creates small, round holes. Common household places to find these holes are in hardwood floors, furniture, molding and fixtures. These pinhole openings are a tell tale sign of an infestation. Powder Post Beetles lay their eggs in cracks of wood and the larvae tunnel into the surface filling it with a very fine powder-like dust, hence the name Powder Post Beetles.

Powder Post Beetle Treatment

Homeowners should know that there are various options for Powder Post Beetle treatment; it’s just selecting an option that best suits your needs. A lot of the decision depends on the severity of infestation, area being attacked, potential for reinfestation and treatment expense the customer is willing to bear. Call Catseye Pest Control if you think you have a need for Powder Post Beetle control. Our licensed and trained professionals will inspect your home and assess what options are best for you.