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Forum topic by Wolfdaddy posted 04-23-2015 07:04 PM 670 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2015 07:04 PM

I have a little outdoor table I have been tasked with replacing the top. Today I was looking at it and found these tiny little bugs, they kind of look like beetles. I don’t know what they are and I’m hoping they’re not wood eaters, but I’m afraid they probably are. The table in question is now outside.
This is in Florida.

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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#1 posted 04-23-2015 07:30 PM

If you get a $40 child’s USB microscope and take some photos of 1 bug, somebody here would probably be able to identify.

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#2 posted 04-24-2015 12:59 AM

Ambrosia beetles or powderpost beetles. Hope that it is ambrosia beetles. If you slice open a tunnel, ambrosia beetle tunnels will be open and clear with debris, and the walls will be black lined from a fungus.

If it is powderpost beetles, the tunnels will be filled with fine sawdust (frass), and the tunnels will not be black lined. If it is powderpost beetles, and you are replacing the top, burn the wood.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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