|Forum topic by Elizabeth||posted 07-20-2013 07:21 PM||1770 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
07-20-2013 07:21 PM
I just got out to the shop for the first time in at least a month. I have some housekeeping projects to do, so one of the first things I did was pick up a dry chunk of log that has been sitting near the garage door for, oh, over a year, with the intent of moving it farther into the shop. It had been standing on its end.
I picked it up, and noticed a pile of sawdust around the edges of it. ...That can’t be good.
I pulled it out into the driveway, and saw some of the bark was loosened. I chopped it away and found some little white grub-like things, at least four of them in the pieces I removed, eating holes along where the bark and wood meet. Here’s my quick attempt at some pictures:
Live grub on left, squished one on right
Trail on the inside of a piece of bark:
Pulled up another piece of loose bark and found this guy at the top:
What are these?
There were other logs stored near this one, but not touching it. None of the nearby logs are showing sawdust signs, as far as I can tell. I don’t remember how long ago I got this particular piece but I’d guess over two years and it has been air drying since. I probably got it with others. The others are in various spots around the shop. This piece wasn’t always here. It used to be in the back for a while. In its current location, if a bug were to come through the edge of the garage door it would encounter this piece of wood first.
Most of my cut lumber is stored on wall racks. Only the logs are stored on the floor.
How screwed am I?
Secondary question, if I completely debark this piece and get rid of all the grubs, is it okay to keep, or should I just chuck it into the yard waste bin right now?