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starrforGod

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11-14-2014 07:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: powderpost beetles question

I just noticed that I have brown powder falling out of my 120 year old cross beams. They are 2*6s. I have done some research on line and they seem to be Powderpost Beetles. The powder was not there a month ago. But there has been extensive damage to the supporting beams. I put some boric acid in the holes in powder form. I am going to put some in water and spray it on. I heard orange oil helps. But not sure what to do about it. Can anybody help?


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SCOTSMAN

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#1 posted 11-14-2014 07:12 PM

I would question the idea that they have only been at it for a month or so ?Maybe that’s how it works. I don’t know.I would get some professional help, or certainly look up the internet and also try youtube too.I pray for a speedy recovery for your problam.these things can become a real nuisance if not dealt with swiftly Keep your self at it. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 11-14-2014 07:55 PM

I don’t know where you are located. If the beam is dry and 120 years old, I am not sure if beetles will attack such a wood. Termites on the other hand will.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#3 posted 11-14-2014 08:10 PM

Killed mine with heat. That doesn’t seem practical for you, though, mine were in a slab. I looked into this a lot about a month ago and as far as I know, the boric route (Timbor or Bora-Care seem to be the most reliable but I haven’t used them) and fumigation are the only other options.

Is this your house? I’d call a pro exterminator.

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starrforGod

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#4 posted 11-14-2014 09:12 PM

I KNEW HWOULD KIL THEM BUT DRY HEAT CAUSED SPASO I USED MY STEAMER THAT SHOOTS HOT STEAM INTO THE CRACKS. MY BR IN LAW IS A CONTRACTER AND COMING TO SHORE IT UP I AM WKING ILLING THE BUGS.

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#5 posted 11-19-2014 01:48 PM

I talked to a local exterminator several years back about this. He uses boracare to treat old structures for powderpost beetles. I use it on my lumber stacks also.

-- mike & judy western md. www. pvwoodcrafts.com pvwccf1@verizon.net

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dhazelton

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#6 posted 11-19-2014 02:16 PM

I had them about 10 years ago and called an extermination company. They said they would spray all the beams in my basement with Timbor but couldn’t give me a guarantee longer than 6 months. They would charge me a thousand bucks and told me that since Timbor is a controlled substance in NY I had few options. I went online and bought a five gallon bucket of the stuff for a fraction of that and mixed it myself in a pump sprayer. It is essentially boric acid so if you don’t need a five gallon bucket just do what you’re doing now. It basically clogs up the little buggers digestive tracts and they die. You may have to reapply as any eggs may hatch but eventually you’ll get them all.

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#7 posted 11-19-2014 07:43 PM



I don t know where you are located. If the beam is dry and 120 years old, I am not sure if beetles will attack such a wood.

- mrjinx007


I would agree with this.

-- Robin - The Poconos

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#8 posted 11-19-2014 11:27 PM

‘Round these parts, western Md. nearly all the old barns, sheds, chicken houses have PP beetles.

-- mike & judy western md. www. pvwoodcrafts.com pvwccf1@verizon.net

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#9 posted 11-19-2014 11:50 PM

This is the best stuff I’ve found for any and all insets and it last a long time.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IMO3I2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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