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Powder Post Beetles are small, brown in color and usually less than 1/4-inch in length. Left unchecked this micro sized insect can wreak havoc on just about anything made of wood. Typical signs of their presence can be numerous small holes about 1/16-to 1/8-inch in diameter and fine, powder-like sawdust in flooring, paneling, furniture, and other infested wood materials. The dust results from the boring of the larvae. The holes are caused by adult Beetles emerging from within infested wood.
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Powder Post Beetles can be difficult to eliminate. Eradicating this pest is not usually a do-it-yourself project. It’s best to call in a professional exterminator that is familiar with this pest. Consumers should use caution as not every exterminator has the necessary experience to successfully eradicate this pest. A professional exterminator will know how to get rid of Powder Post Beetles.
Several things can be done to get rid of and control Powder Post Beetles, starting with prevention. Consumers should thoroughly inspect wood products before bringing them into a home. Knowing the origins of the wood products can alert users to a potential problem.
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The average call for Powder Post Beetle services in the Phoenix area comes from a user who spots suspicious activity in newly purchase wood furnishings. The suspicious activity is usually re-occurring dust piles coming from within the wood. Additional action may include the sudden appearance of “small nail holes” on the furniture. Which are all classic signs of infestation.
Often the infested furniture comes from Mexico, Central America or the Far East – known Powder Post Beetle areas.
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Most Powder Post Beetle infestations begin inside the wood before you bring it into your home. Likewise, there are certain conditions of wood that make it more susceptible to infestation. Always inspect wood before purchase. Do not buy wood with damaged surfaces or with existing exit holes. Powder Post beetles require at least 20% moisture to thrive and have difficulty surviving in dry wood.
Depending upon the infestation professional exterminators have an array of treatment options for eliminating this pest. The use of heat or cold can be a chemical free option. Using Borate products can remove the problem while providing extra protection against re-infestation. Surface treatments can be successful if the product penetrates deep into the infested areas. Fumigation, when done properly can be effective in eliminating this menace.
Eradication & Treatment Options:
Surface Treatments- Active infestations present in bare, exposed wood can be treated with a direct pesticide or borate application. Borate-containing products can penetrate raw wood areas and eliminate Powder post beetles. Borates act as a stomach poisoning inside the wood, preventing the larvae from causing damage.
Surface treatment pesticides may be applied to any bare wood surfaces to get rid of Powder post beetles. Finished wood surfaces must first be sanded down for the pesticide treatment to be effective.
It may not be possible to surface treat some less-accessible areas of infestation. Such areas may be candidates for more drastic treatment measures, like fumigation, cold and heat treatment.
Fumigation is a method of pest control that uses toxic gas to fill a confined space to poison all pests. When all other methods of prevention and control have proved unsuccessful, fumigation might be the only way for you to get rid of Powder Post beetles. Though very useful this type of treatment can be expensive, labor intensive and does not provide residual protection. Therefore, while this option may get rid of present Powder post beetle infestations, it is a not an effective means of preventing future outbreaks.
The proper us of heat and cold treatments, like fumigation can be very effective without the potential exposure to harsh chemicals. Like fumigation, there is no extra protection and efficient means of preventing re-infestation. Heat or treatment costs are about half the expense of fumigation.
If you have questions on how to get rid of Powder Post Beetles give us a call today. We can help! #1 Arizona Powder Post Beetle Exterminator.
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Jodi W via NextDoor Reviews
The furniture store hired Bill’s to fumigate our bedroom set that was infested with Powder Post Beetles. Bill’s was excellent to work with and did a great job.