Anobiid Powderpost Beetle Control
Anobiid powderpost beetles are the most commonly-encountered species of powderpost beetles. The name “Anobiid” comes from the “Anobiidae” beetle family they’re part of. These wood destroying insects are found all over the world. There are about 310 different species of Anobiid powderpost beetles occurring in the US alone!
Depending on the species, adult Anobiid powderpost beetles measure 1/16 to 3/8 inches long. The beetles that usually infest buildings range from 1/8 to 1/4 inches long. They’re usually elongate, cylindrical and reddish-brown to nearly black in color. The prothorax (front upper part of the thorax) is hoodlike and nearly always encloses and conceals the head.
Anobiid powderpost beetles attack both softwoods and hardwoods, mostly feeding on the inner sapwood. They attack structural timbers, lumber, and manufactured products. In building structures, they only feed on wood that’s around 9 years or older. The wood these beetles feed on has to be very moist to ensure the beetles’ proper development. Because of this high moisture requirement, Anobiid powderpost beetles are a major problem in the southeastern states.
Anobiid powderpost beetles are frequently encountered in crawl spaces and warm coastal states with high relative humidity. Adults are active only at night. Some species are attracted to light, while others are not. Larval and adult activity varies considerably during the year. The beetles become more active when they have regular access to moist food to infest.
ANOBIID POWDERPOST BEETLE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
When Anobiid powderpost beetles feed on something, they leave behind a series of 1/16-1/8 inch diameter holes. They also expel a powdery and coarse frass that may pile up in these holes or nearby. Thoroughly inspect old wooden items for these signs of beetle damage before bringing them inside your building.
Anobiid powderpost beetles feed on antique furniture, barn wood, and other older wooden structures. Pest management professionals should treat any old wood in your building before you use it. We can apply either aqueous borate preservative or chamber fumigation to help keep the wood safe and pest-free.
A Plunkett’s Pest Control pest management professional can determine if a powderpost beetle infestation exists and whether it’s still happening. If Anobiid powderpost beetles are active in woodwork, we can perform a borate treatment of exposed structural wood. We’ll wipe out your Anobiid powderpost problems and make sure they can’t bother you again.
If you’re worried you have a powerpost problem, call us today to discuss next steps. We can respond to infestations of any size quickly and reliably.