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Kwit

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346 days ago

I cleaned/refurb/finished this antique warehouse cart over 2 months ago – now I’m pretty sure this just started out of nowhere – a little pile of sawdust (one location) being produced from in-between the planks of the cart. I blow it away – in a little over two hours I get what you see above.

First – what is it?

Second – how do I get rid of it?

Thanks

-- don't talk about it - be about it


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poopiekat

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#1 posted 346 days ago

first of all, put that cart someplace away from the house, other furniture, and your lumber stash….. Identify the critters later…

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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redSLED

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#2 posted 346 days ago

Watching this thread very closely . . . this is giving me the heebee-jeebees.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Grandpa

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#3 posted 346 days ago

Powder post beetles. Termites eat it and don’t leave it behind like this.

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Kwit

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#4 posted 346 days ago

Any suggestions to get rid of them? Spray? Bug bomb?? Justin Bieber at high volume??

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Randy_ATX

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#5 posted 346 days ago

lol @ the bieber comment.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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Grandpa

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#6 posted 346 days ago

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abie

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#7 posted 346 days ago

microwave or CA Glue will kill these critters.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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tefinn

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#8 posted 346 days ago

As Grandpa said above, powder post beetles.

Treat unfinished wood with borate (boric acid) or have the piece fumigated. Borate can take years to eliminate infestations since it only treats the surface of the wood. The adults eat the borate as they emerge. The larva and unhatched eggs remain in the wood until they eventually emerge as adults and eat the borate as well.

Fumigation is the ONLY treatment that will kill all at one time. A warehouse cart of average size will probably cost around $2000 to fumigate.

Microwaving small pieces can be done, CA glue will do absolutely nothing.

As poopiekat said get it out of the house! A small house fumigation can cost 20 to 40 thousand dollars!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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richardwootton

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#9 posted 346 days ago

I don’t have a frame of reference but that pile looks a little big for powder post beetles. What I have seen with powder post beetle exits the dust pile has been fairly inconsequential.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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tefinn

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#10 posted 346 days ago

If it’s lyctid PBs it would usually be small piles of frass. They however infest fresh (within 5 years) hardwood. That cart is antique and probably softwoods (pine, fir, etc.), so it’s most likely anobid PBs and they infest softwoods of any age and sometimes hardwoods. They usually leave larger piles of frass. If the frass is gritty, they’re anobid PBs. If the frass is soft and fine, they’re lyctid PBs. The life cycle of both can be up to two years.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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kepy

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#11 posted 346 days ago

I don’t know if this will work for you but once when I purchased a bookcase that had woodworms, I sprayed it with WD40 then wiped it down. Have no seen another bunch of sawdust after 40 yrs so guess it worked.

-- Kepy

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