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Forum topic by tsdahc posted 05-21-2012 04:03 AM 1391 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2012 04:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: powderpost beetle termites bugs

So I went and picked up about 60 bdft of cherry from a gentlemen that is selling all of his wood stock. I got home and while unloading it noticed some of the wood was spongey and crumbled along the edge of the wood. I also noticed little holes in the sides of some of these boards. My first thought was either termites or powderpost beetle. So I left all the boards in the back of the truck and today went about milling the rough lumber and cutting away all wood that had holes and was crumbling. The finished pieces have no holes in them and are all solid cherry, no soft or spongy wood. I threw all scraps in the bed of my truck and am tossing them in the dumpster at work. My question is, even though I do not see any holes in any of the wood, could they still harbor bugs? My thought is no holes no places for the bugs to hide or lay eggs larva, etc. The wood was all kiln dried and has been sitting in his garage and barn for many years. I appreciate any help.

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#1 posted 05-21-2012 10:51 AM

If you have any worries about the bugs/pests get a big plastic drop cloth and make an envelope to put the wood in and bug bomb it. Can’t hurt the wood and will take the worry away.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 12:09 PM

Sounds like powderpost beetles. They usually only infest the sapwood in cherry. If you got rid of all the sapwood, I would not worry too much about it.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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