Powderpost beetles are on a similar level to termites in terms of household pests. These beetles are woodboring beetles, and are named because, given the time, powderpost beetles can reduce wood, such as a post, to a fine dust, or powder. They are small bugs, usually not reach more than a half inch in length, but they can have a large impact on your home. Specifics on size and shape of these beetles does vary, as there are many different species that fall under the name of powderpost beetle.

Powderpost beetles are not always easy to notice, as all larval development happens within the wood. The larvae will eat their way through the wood and form meandering tunnels. They stay in larval form for anywhere from one to five years, so serious damage can be done in this stage. This is especially true considering it is usually only upon reaching adulthood when a powderpost beetle really reveals itself. Popping out of the wood and leaving behind holes called shot holes, the beetles will mate, and lay a new batch of eggs in or on the wood.

The biggest indicator of powderpost beetle activity is these shot holes, along with a fine powder around the area, as the beetles themselves are mostly nocturnal and can hide quickly. The damage is most frequently found around bare, unfinished wood, as this is what the beetles and their larvae prefer to feed on. As a result, one easy way to help eliminate a powderpost beetle infestation is to stain, paint, or varnish the affected wood. However, that does not guarantee that the beetles will not move to another location within your home, nor will it repair damage larvae may have already caused. It isn’t always easy to eliminate a powderpost beetle infestation, but Advanced Wildlife Control technicians are here to help!

Did You Know?
Powderpost beetles prefer porous woods, like oak, mahogany, and maple!