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Powder Post Beetle


Powderpost Beetle

Pest Stats


Reddish brown to black




Narrow oval


1/8 to 1/4″




Found throughout U.S.


Adult powderpost beetles are not the ones that destroy wood, they primarily serve as a reproductive role. The wood damage is done by the larvae. As the adults emerge from the wood, they mate and ley eggs on the wood surface. Activity is greatest in early spring where they conceal themselves in the daytime in cracks and holes in wood. At night, they are most active and are attracted to lights and can be seen on windowsills, floors, and furniture. Powderpost beetles infest and re-infest dry wood and the interior of the wood is destroyed by holes and galleries packed with fine powdery wood dust. They are often built into structures, brought in with furniture, firewood,


Powderpost beetles live in wood creating galleries as they eat the wood. Powderpost beetles will attack both hard and softwoods, and can be found in lumber, furniture, paneling, tool handles, gun stocks, hardwood flooring, timbers and crates, antiques and other objects made of hardwood materials. They will also fly into the crawlspace of the structure and lay eggs there.


Powderpost beetles do not pose a threat to humans but are very dangerous to the structure of wood that can be found in and around your home. They are second only to termites in their destructiveness to wood and wood products. Powderpost beetles are estimated to cause millions of dollars in damage in the United Stated each year. They have the ability to bite but rarely do because they live in wood.

Powderpost Beetle Prevention

The most effective way to get rid of powderpost beetles is to call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.

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