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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 03-17-2015 11:20 PM 760 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ColonelTravis

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03-17-2015 11:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: insect mesquite bug powderpost beetle

Got some rough cut mesquite last week and left the boards on the back porch because I couldn’t heat treat them yet, and I sure didn’t want them contaminating my lumber in the garage. Saw 3-4 powderpost beetle dust spots, which I expected. But today for the first time I saw these things flying all over the place, walking on boards, they don’t look like powderpost beetles. They obviously want what I’ve got and I want them dead. I don’t know if they invade the hardwood or just the bark and sapwood, or if they were in there all along and today they all hatched out, etc.

I’m in N. Texas


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#1 posted 03-18-2015 12:38 AM

It looks like it might be a locust borer. Maybe they decided to try some mesquite.

https://insects.tamu.edu/extension/bulletins/b-5086.html

I know the cottonwood version can cause terrible damage in a short amount of time, killing a lot of trees. You might want to get some Tempo (or something of the like) after these guys until you can heat the boards up.

Good luck.

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#2 posted 03-18-2015 12:56 AM

Thanks. I’ve used the A&M site before but didn’t see that. Was going to order borax powder, you think Tempo would be more effective?

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#3 posted 03-18-2015 01:01 AM

cottonwood beatle

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#4 posted 03-18-2015 01:57 AM

Cottonwood, that’s gotta be it.
Tomorrow you die, beetle.

Thanks

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#5 posted 03-18-2015 05:22 PM

I like tempo because it works so well on all types of bugs, is non-toxic once dried, and stays effective for a long time. On the other hand, I’ve never used borax powder to kill insects. As long as they die, you should be good.

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