The powderpost beetle gets its name because they can turn wood into a mass of fine powder.
Did you know that:
- Powderpost beetles are wood boring insects.
- Adults are reddish brown to black in color.
- Larvae are white to cream color and c-shaped (similar to a grub, but much smaller).
- Damage is done by the larvae as they bore thru the wood.
- Most of their life cycle is spent in the larvae stage.
- They generally live for 1-10 years.
- Adults are less that 1/4″ in size.
- They lay their eggs on or below unfinished wood surfaces.
- Adults exit the wood leaving pinholes about 1/32″ – 1/16″ in size.
- Powderpost beetles pose no known health risks to humans.
Powderpost beetles can damage a variety of wood products such as…
- Wood rafters
- Window / door frames
- Wood furniture
- Log homes
- Picture frames
- Gun stocks
- Tool handles
- Anything made of wood
Signs of a powderpost beetle infestation are…
- Small exit holes in the wood.
- Fine powder in or around the exit holes.
Homeowners are more likely to see evidence of wood damage rather than seeing the beetles themselves.