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Powder Post Beetles Damage Houston Homes Part 2

Pest Control Houston TX – Powder Post Beetles Control …

Powder Post Beetles Damaged Wood. - W. Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org.

Powder Post Beetles in Houston —

Continued from Powder Post Beetles Damage Houston Homes Part1

After emerging, the average female will lay about 15 to 50 eggs over a one week span of time, choosing to lay the eggs on or below the cracks and crevices of bare unfinished wood surfaces.

The eggs will take up to three weeks to hatch, and then the young larvae will begin to bore deeper into the wood where they will continue to cause extensive damage. The tiny eggs are translucent, deeply embedded in the wood pores, and about 1 mm in length. After the larvae stage, they reach the pupae stage.

The entire lifecycle can vary from six months to four years depending on varying conditions. Houston pest control experts say that the pupae stage is when the most damage occurs to wood pieces.

Lyctid powder post beetles rarely infest wood that is older than 5 years, which places new structures and furniture at great risk. Imported tropical woods are more susceptible to attacks because of poor storage. Soft woods, such as pine, which are typically used for studs, joists, rafters and structural framing, are usually avoided by the Lyctid powder post beetle.

Anabiid powder post beetles have many of the same habits and characteristics as the Lyctid powder post beetle, but the Anabiid beetles will attack both hardwoods and softwoods alike.

You can find these Anabiid beetles in the same locations as the Lyctics powder post beetles as well as in joists, studs, subflooring, beams, and other structural timbers. Moist wood creates favorable conditions for the Anabiid beetle. Like with the Lyctics powder post beetles, infestations do develop slowly, but can easily spread throughout a structure and into various wood furniture.

Powder post beetles can be built into the home with construction using infested wood. They also can be brought into the home with the purchase of  infested new or used furniture.

Because powder post beetles infest household furniture, they are often transported with people as they move from place to place, sometimes thousands of miles from their origination point. Infestations require patience to find and can be time consuming to eradicate.

Pest control companies in Houston will be able to provide you will accurate advice and treatment for these critters with a voracious appetite for all things made of wood.

Call Protex Pest Control today to learn about a treatment plan to get rid of these bugs once and for all!

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