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Posted on What bug is this in my wood?

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#1 posted 07-22-2013 04:47 PM

Thanks guys. Feeling a bit better about all this now. I’ve pulled out the afflicted logs – since I hadn’t sealed the ends they all cracked heavily anyway, so I decided to ditch them. Not seeing any loose bark on any pieces that had had sealed ends, but I’ll keep an eye on them, and I have taken a bunch of air dried western red cedar boards (a couple of them showed similar trails) and black-bagged them in the driveway on Saturday. One of the bags appears to be melting so I guess they’re getting pretty hot!

I also found this little guy in my shop, chilling out behind a piece of plywood that my bandsaw came in a few months back. He doesn’t appear to be either a powder post or an asian longhorn beetle; not sure who he is. Forefinger for scale.

He was somewhere else in the shop entirely so I am hoping he’s not a troublemaker.

I’m spending as much time as possible over the next few days cutting up the remaining sweetgum. I got through two pieces yesterday. Fun side note; yes they were starting to get a bit moldy, but some pieces have also got some interesting spalting from it. So I guess there’s that. I haven’t been running my dehumidifier because it appears to have broken. I guess that is why they started to mold.

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