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The destructive habits of powderpost beetles (Powder Post Beetles) in Posey County, Indiana



Powderpost beetles are not the most recognizable pests, but they can cause a lot of damage. They’re attracted to hardwoods like oak and ash wood, which is why you may notice them around homes or businesses in Posey County Indiana. These little pests bore holes into your home or place of business to lay their eggs; once hatched, larvae eat away at the wood until they pupate and emerge as adult beetles. If you see evidence of powderpost beetles-small holes with frass (a type of sawdust) around it-you should take action immediately to prevent further damage.


Powderpost beetle infestations will only worsen if left untreated; it’s important that homeowners know how these destructive bugs behave and how to treat a powderpost beetle infestation.



Powder post beetles are not the most recognizable pests, but they can cause a lot of damage

Powder post beetles are a type of pest that is not always easy to identify. These pests are attracted to hardwoods like oak and ash, and will bore into the wood to lay their eggs. Once hatched, the larvae will consume the wood until they pupate and emerge as adult beetles. If you see evidence of powderpost beetles-small shotgun blast holes with frass (a fine powder of sawdust) around it-you should take action immediately to prevent further damage.


Powderpost beetle infestations will only worsen if left untreated; it’s important that homeowners know how these destructive bugs behave and how to treat a powderpost beetle infestation.




Evidence of powderpost beetles, (wood boring beetles) old activity vs new

When looking for evidence of powderpost beetles, it is important to note the difference between old and new activity. Old activity will look like small holes in the infested wood surface. These exit holes are sign that the beetles have already hatched and are now pupating. New activity, on the other hand, will look like small holes with frass around it or a fresh color of wood on the inside of the hole. This is a sign that the larvae are currently feeding on the wood. If you only see old activity, it may be too late to take action (or the population may have died off), but you should still consult a professional to find out. If you only see new activity, there is still time to take action and prevent further damage.


Once the adult beetles emerge they will lay eggs on the wood and the process will begin all over.



Powderpost beetle infestations will only worsen infested wood if left untreated (adult beetles)


If you have a powderpost beetle infestation in your home or place of business, it is important to take action to get rid of them as soon as possible. These pests can do significant damage to wood structures over time, and if left untreated, the infestation will only worsen.


At just one-eighth of an inch in length, these pesky insects are not much to look at, but they can cause a significant amount of damage both in Posey County, IN and across the United States. These wood infesting beetles can, unfinished wood furniture, exposed wood surfaces, hardwood floors, stored lumber, and pretty much any wood that has a high wood moisture content. It is important to note, that while they are usually found in the crawlspace or basement of your home, they can move upward into your walls. The damage from these pests can be cataphoretic.


Powderpost beetle infestations will only worsen if left untreated. These pests can do significant damage to wood structures over time, and if left untreated, the infestation will only worsen. If you have a powderpost beetle infestation in your home or place of business, it is important to take action immediately to get rid of them as soon as possible. The sooner you act on this problem before it worsens, the less chance there is for these destructive insects to make an even bigger mess than they already are!


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