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Blog entry by fellednhewn posted 06-16-2015 01:24 AM 1108 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently found a bunch of these guys in a stack of rough cherry and Walnut lumber.

-- A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”



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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 06-16-2015 02:11 AM

OK, I can’t tell what it is, but I’d put out some of those insect bombs and send them all to the next life.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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emart

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#2 posted 06-16-2015 04:23 AM

Kill it with fire. They often like to make nests in my car’s gas filler door and under the hood.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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#3 posted 06-16-2015 04:39 AM

At least you didn’t find this

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 06-16-2015 12:14 PM

I’m an entomologist who specializes in woodboring beetles. No need for chemical warfare here. Neoclytus acuminatus (redheaded ash borer) will only lay its eggs into freshly dead trees with the bark still on. These guys were in the log when it was milled. I assume there aren’t any fresh killed trees in your shop, so once they’ve all emerged, they won’t be able to find a suitable host and will die. There are relatively few insects that prefer dry seasoned lumber. So… Do not worry and keep that lumber.

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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fellednhewn

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#5 posted 06-16-2015 05:24 PM

Thanks for the input, Marc. I’ll expand the post a little with pictures of the stacked lumber and what I did with it. I think this could happen to a lot of guys if they buy rough cut lumber like I do. There was just very little bits of live-edge with 1/2 or less of bark. Yet, I’ve smashed 30-40 of the adults.

Once I realized what was going on, with help from the Lumberjock community, especially @bugnurd, I found lots of larva in the tiny sections of thin bark. I will be very careful with this moving forward. The adults made a hot mess of the ends of a couple pieces of cherry, which I’m not happy about. I am glad to know they shouldn’t spread to the larger selection of older lumber I have in my shop.

-- A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”

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#6 posted 06-16-2015 08:56 PM

Thanks for this good info.

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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