Pest Identification: Lyctid Powderpost Beetles in Tennessee

If you’ve noticed tiny pinholes in your baseboards, beams, or wooden furniture, there may be a lyctid powderpost beetle infestation lurking in your home. While they may not cause property damage to the extent that termites do, lyctid powderpost beetles can still ruin the appearance of your wooden furniture and compromise your home’s structural integrity.

Thankfully, as Tennessee’s number-one pest control expert, U.S. Pest Protection has the experts and innovative pest management technology to give you peace of mind. Contact our experts today and learn how we can safeguard your space from lyctid powderpost beetles and other wood-damaging insects.

How to Identify Lyctid Powderpost Beetles in Tennessee

Reddish-brown to black in color and only 1/16 to ¼ inches long, lyctid powderpost beetles often go undetected until they and their larvae begin damaging the wood in your home. Female lyctid powderpost beetles lay their eggs in unfinished wood, which develop into creamy white larvae that feed on and weaken the wood around them.

Lyctid powderpost beetles are often mistaken for a similar-looking false powderpost beetle species, the bostrichid powderpost beetles. The key difference between them is that unlike bostrichid powderpost beetles, lyctid powderpost beetles leave a pile of fine wood dust beneath their drilled holes, which makes them “true” powderpost beetles.

If you’ve found any kind of holes in your home’s wooden structures and materials, schedule a free powderpost beetle inspection with U.S. Pest Protection.

How to Prevent Lyctid Powderpost Beetles

The best way to prevent a lyctid powderpost beetle infestation is to inspect any unfinished wood properly before you bring it into your home. Whether you’re buying wooden flooring for a home improvement project or pieces of wood for a craft, be sure to examine any unfinished wood for tiny drilled holes.

Additionally, you should consider looking over any second-hand furniture before you buy it. While lyctid powderpost beetles can’t drill into painted or finished wood, it’s possible they laid eggs into the furniture before it was coated. 

Flexible, Effective Pest Solutions from U.S. Pest Protection

While you may do your best to avoid bringing lyctid powderpost beetles into your home, the most effective way to prevent an infestation is to bring in the pest experts from U.S. Pest Protection. From Goodlettsville to Belle Meade, we provide innovative pest control and prevention solutions to Nashville and its surrounding communities.

Whether lyctid powderpost beetles are a recurring nuisance or just an occasional pest, we’re committed to keeping your Tennessee home powderpost beetle-free. That’s why we offer monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly protection to ensure our pest control services fit your needs.

Schedule Your Free Lyctid Powderpost Beetle Inspection Today

Don’t let powderpost beetles weaken your home’s structural integrity or damage the appearance of your furniture. U.S. Pest Protection’s pest professionals have the tools, experience, and technology to keep powderpost beetles away from your living space.

If we don’t find powderpost beetles while inspecting your home, we can still provide a tailored prevention plan to ensure they’ll never invade. For peace of mind and a pest-free home in Tennessee, schedule your free inspection today!

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