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Forum topic by brantley posted 02-10-2011 04:15 PM 7438 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2011 04:15 PM

Ive got several hundred board feet of oak and poplar thats covered under a structure. Its been stacked and stickered for probably a year and a half and i was looking at it the other day and saw small piles of wood dust. Im thinking its some sort of wood boring insect. How do i go about killing them?


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#1 posted 02-10-2011 05:38 PM

Sounds like powder post beetles. You can treat with borate or take it to a kiln to be dried. The high heat of the kiln kills the beetles. Just be sure that you tell the kiln operator about the infestation. Whatever you do keep the wood away from all your other wood. Note that the beetles will also infest furniture, not just raw wood. Remember to fumigate the structure after you deal with the wood or you will never get rid of the problem.

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#2 posted 02-10-2011 06:02 PM

Thanks Jack. I will probably have to read up on what borate is and use it since there are no kilns near me.

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#3 posted 02-10-2011 06:33 PM

You may want to enlist the aid of a professional exterminator.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#4 posted 02-10-2011 06:42 PM

thats not a problem. my best friend is one.

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#5 posted 02-10-2011 06:58 PM

I recently bought a log home & had an exterminator treat for wood-boring bees. After one treatment, I haven’t seen any since. Woodpeckers, that’s another issue entirely.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 02-10-2011 07:45 PM

The problem with powder post beetles is that they lay eggs inside the wood. Chemical treatments will generally not kill the eggs and when you’ve built furniture and its in the house and the eggs hatch, then you’ve got problems. Heat treatment is one effective way to kill the beetles, larva and eggs. Most documents I’ve seen indicate heating to 130-140 for 24 hours. An article at UGA if it’s true powder post beetles you can treat by freezing to 0 degrees for 24 hours, migt be more practical if you have short boards and/or large freezer available…

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

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#7 posted 02-10-2011 08:31 PM

well crap! I was planning on using some of the lumber to build my wife a new dining room table , so cutting it up and freezing it wont be an option. it looks like the chemical treatment might be my only route. I bet if i got the lumber sprayed, and then sprayed again a little while later that may would kill the eggs .

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#8 posted 02-10-2011 08:44 PM

Burn the wood. Works every time…

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#9 posted 02-10-2011 09:10 PM

woodpeckers…Daisy or Crosman bb guns work, just make sure nobody sees you (I think they are protected). and forget about eating them.

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#10 posted 02-10-2011 09:15 PM

i can assure you its NOT wood peckers…

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#11 posted 02-10-2011 10:02 PM

Find somebody with a restraunt that has large walk-in freezer, put wood in there for a few days (use stickers between boards to allow cold air flow otherwise you’ll need longer time to get wood in middle of stack down to 0 degrees…

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

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#12 posted 02-11-2011 04:10 AM

May want to look at this thread: Near the bottom is a post by Scsmith42 that may help. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/23854

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#13 posted 02-11-2011 04:32 AM

The sterilization kiln is a very interesting idea.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#14 posted 02-11-2011 06:25 PM

will several applications of boracare wipe out everything? and make it safe to have near the house

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