Powder Post Beetles

  • There are several hundred species of these, but fewer than 20 are widespread.
  • Are small, between one-tenth and one-third inch in length and usually are reddish brown in color.
  • Can emerge from wood used in construction from one to 10 years after a structure has been built.
  • Usually emerge in the spring.
  • Are most likely to be found in softwoods (pine, spruce, fir) or certain hardwoods (oak, maple) frequently used for construction, including wood used in log homes, conventional homes and furniture.
  • Are attracted to lights or to windows.
  • Live between one and two years.
  • Burrow small, one-eighth inch round holes in wood, and larvae create channels where they have chewed their way through. There is usually a fine sawdust-like powder streaming from exit holes.

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