Pest Identification: Powderpost Beetles in Tennessee

The powderpost beetle gets its name from its ability to turn wood into a fine dust. Similar to termites, powderpost beetles destroy many different types of seasoned wood that are used in buildings, furniture, and more. Powderpost beetles typically feed on woods such as:

  • Oak
  • Ash
  • Walnut
  • Bamboo 
  • Hickory
  • Pine
  • And more

They are found in all parts of the world but are very common in areas of Tennessee. 

How to Identify Powderpost Beetles

You are likely to identify powderpost beetles by the round hole markings (about the size of pencil lead) or the wood dust they leave behind than actually seeing them. If you do spot one, you can identify powderpost beetles by their:

  • Size: Powderpost beetles are about ⅛ of an inch long
  • Color: Reddish brown

Where to Find Powderpost Beetles

The main way to tell if you have a powderpost beetle infestation is by the fine dust they leave behind from the wood they destroy. Places you’ll likely find powderpost beetles in your home include:

  • Crawl spaces
  • Flooring structure
  • Old furniture

Get Rid of Powderpost Beetles in Tennessee with U.S. Pest Protection

To prevent powderpost beetles from entering your home, inspect all wood materials before bringing them indoors. If you suspect you already have an infestation, remove any wood that has been damaged or that has any signs of powderpost beetles. If you need further assistance, contact U.S. Pest Protection, and our trained technicians will be happy to help.

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