Powderpost Beetles in my walnut!?!

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Forum topic by Peter5 posted 01-16-2012 07:09 PM 1750 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2012 07:09 PM

Hey everyone,

I built a bed out of walnut about 3 years ago and I love it, but my wife and I started noticing about a year ago that it was getting eaten up by little bugs. As best I can tell, the bugs are called powderpost beetles. They have made hundreds of tiny (the size of a ball-point pen head) holes, and every morning there is new sawdust on the ground from their work. We also see them on the walls and around the room. The holes are mostly in the sapwood- they seem to prefer that. My question is, can anyone tell me how to get rid of them? Also, the bed seems to have gotten more creaky over the last year or so- is that my shoddy craftsmanship or are the bugs compromising the integrity of the bed? Any advise would be much appreciated, thanks!


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#1 posted 01-16-2012 07:23 PM

Here is a page that I have relied on a few times to get rid of some annoying pests….this link is direct to their info on powderpost beetles. They are great for identifying the pest and what is the appropriate way to get rid of them. Good luck.

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