Pest Identification for insects in Southwestern PA

WOOD DESTROYING PESTS

Anobiid Powderpost Beetle

Anobiid Powderpost Beetle (Includes Furniture Beetle) can attack both hard and soft wood. They prefer damp wood.

Size: 1/3 to 3/8 of an inch long


Color: Red-brown to dark brown

Activity/Behavior: Furniture Beetles create numerous small holes in wood. You might find a fine, powder-like sawdust where the beetles have created these holes in flooring, paneling, furniture, and other wood materials. The holes are the openings through which the adult beetles emerge.

Where They Live: The Furniture Beetle enters wood while it is being stored through holes and cracks. Later, these beetles emerge from the finished product. Old items of furniture and wood antiques are especially vulnerable to attack by the beetles.

Tips for Control: Keep furniture out of buildings like barns and sheds. These buildings are often infested with Furniture Beetles.

How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of Furniture Beetles takes persistence and experience since beetles are very resilient. Oftentimes it’s necessary to fumigate the home. A trained pest control professional can help you to get rid of beetles the most efficient way. 

Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA.

Lyctid Powderpost Beetle

Lyctid Powderpost Beetles are small with prominent spurs on their fourth leg. The babies are also a distinct “C” shape.

Size: 1/32 to 1/4 of an inch


Color: Red brown or black

Activity/Behavior: Lyctid powderpost beetles infest hardwood. However, they can’t penetrate polish, wax, varnish, or paint. Adults are most active at night. They are also attracted to light.

Where They Live: Beetles can be found in all types of wood, including oak, hickory, ash, mahogany, and bamboo. They can also re-infest the same piece of wood until it’s reduced to powder.

Tips for Control: Because this is a wood infesting beetle, the treatment is complex and involves fumigation and chemicals. Treatment should be discussed with a professional.

How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of the lyctic powderpost beetle takes persistence and experience. Oftentimes it’s necessary to fumigate the home. A trained pest control professional can help you to get rid of beetles the most efficient way.

Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA.

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