Powder Post Beetles

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What do powder post beetles look like?

dead powder post beetle on an isolated background

The larvae of the powder post beetle are c-shaped and grow to ¼ of an inch in length; they are cream colored.

Adult powder post beetles grow to between 1/8th and ¼ of an inch in length they are a dark reddish-brown to black in color. Their body is flattened, narrow and elongated in shape; they have six legs and two antennas that end in a 2-segmented club.

Are powder post beetles dangerous?

Powder post beetles have the ability to bite people, but this is not a concern since they spend most of their lives hidden inside of wood.

While powder post beetles are not dangerous to people, they are dangerous to the structure of your home because of their habit of infesting structural wood. The kind of wood that they infest is species dependent but both hardwoods and softwoods (young or old) can be infested by these pests.

Why do I have a powder post beetle problem?

Powder post beetles attack manufactured items along with lumber.  A home usually becomes infested with powder post beetle when lumber that is already infested with their eggs is brought inside or used in the building process. Powder post beetles invade the same piece of wood over and over again leading to extensive and expensive damages. 

Can I control powder post beetles?

The best way to get rid of wood damaging powder post beetles from your home is to contact a pest control professional that has the know-how to find and get rid of these pests.

The experienced pest professionals at Arrow Pest Control have the training and knowledge needed to find and eliminate all the powder post beetles that are living in your home’s structural wood and wooden structures. If powder post beetles have invaded your New Jersey home, contact Arrow Pest Control today!

How do I make my property less attractive to powder post beetles?

There are several steps that you can take to help prevent powder post beetles from invading your New Jersey home.

  • Before bringing wood items into your home, inspect it for signs of powder post beetles (small holes in the surface of the wood).
  • Make sure that the wood you are purchasing has been properly stored and dried.
  • Paint or stain exposed bare wood in your home to help prevent powder post beetles-they won’t lay their eggs on finished wood surfaces.
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