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01-07-2019 07:09 PM

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I’ve got some old barn wood, reclaimed, wife wants to use as a backboard for the TV. Problem is it’s got small holes in it, I’m not sure if these are termite holes, and if I need to be concerned about termintes hatching after putting it up. Thought I’d post a pic and get some opinions.

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#1 posted 01-07-2019 07:25 PM

Looks like power post beetles to me. If you can get it up to 150 degrees for a couple hours that will kill anything inside.

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#2 posted 01-07-2019 07:43 PM

definitely not termites. . . . .
a wood boring beetle is the culprit. if not killed, they can,
and probably will, migrate over to other wood items inside your home.
to err on the side of caution for this project, would be most prudent.
position the board on its side edge so you can monitor it for a week or so.
(away from any other wood items).
if the wood boring beetles are active, you will see some dust from their munching.
personally – I would find another other way to appease the wife on this one.
[Google: “woodworm” and “powder post beetle” for your own information”.


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#3 posted 01-17-2019 04:01 AM

They are like rabbets i had an old ships wheel and it was full of them if you have any of them get them out of your house,

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#4 posted 01-17-2019 03:08 PM

yep powder post beetles is my vote.

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#5 posted 01-17-2019 03:19 PM

Definitely powder post beetles. Unless that wood has some sentimental value get rid of it. There are chemical methods to treat the wood. The best and surest way to be rid of them is to heat treat in a drying kiln. But these add cost.

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