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Forum topic by Lloyd Davies posted 04-22-2009 05:11 AM 1211 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lloyd Davies

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04-22-2009 05:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: termites woodrot rot question

I have taken a few photos of some wood I have drying. It seems to have some kind of mite. I brushed the wood clean yesterday and you can see the piles of sawdust they have created in the pictures in this link:

Can anyone tell me what my recommended course of action should be?

Thanks much, Lloyd

-- Northern California

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#1 posted 04-22-2009 05:26 AM

Are those Powder Post Beetles possibly? I have heard you can put them on the freeze for a couple days to get rid of them.

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#2 posted 04-22-2009 06:01 AM

Those are powder post beetles. If you do not have too many BF of wood, you might talk with a local exterminator and see if you can put the wood in a garage of a house they are going to tent up and treat. These beetles must be stopped from doing any more damage. They can be a real pain. I normally spray all of any fresh wood with a product called Timbor. It will guard against these types of infestation. You seem to have a lot of them in your woodpile. They WILL get into your house or storage area and start damaging them also.
Let us know how things worked out.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#3 posted 04-22-2009 04:26 PM

I don’t know what you can do now, but when I stack my wood I dust each layer with Boric acid, which seems to have done nothing bad so far.

John suggested tenting, and interpim suggested what I’ve heard: a local woodworker here had some big slabs for tabletop that he thought were too infested for tenting to be a sure thing, so rented a palette in the deep freeze warehouse of a local food storage place for a week at -40. He said before that he could see a day or three’s worth of sawdust accumulate under the wood, afterwards he monitored it for a few weeks and saw nothing.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 04-23-2009 03:57 PM

We had a powder beetle infestation in our old beach house. We were selling the house at the time and found this problem on inspection. Ended up bringing a crew in to do the treatement with boric acid and a major repair to the floor joists.

As John advises, don’t let them get into your homes wood structure.


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#5 posted 04-23-2009 07:13 PM

atleast they leave those neat little piles of dust, will make cleanup easier ;)

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