Lyctid Powderpost Beetles

What do lyctid powderpost beetles look like?

tiny black lyctid powderpost beetle in a nassau county home

Lyctid powderpost beetles are small with prominent spurs on their fourth leg. Adults are red brown or black in color and range in size from 1/32 to 1/4 of an inch.   The babies have a distinct “C” shape.

Lyctid powderpost beetle behaviors

Lyctid powderpost 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.  This type of beetle can’t penetrate polish, wax, varnish, or paint and adults are most active at night. They are also attracted to light. 

Are lyctid powderpost beetles dangerous?

This type of powderpost beetle is not a threat to human health.  They will infest hardwoods and can cause significant damage. 

Can Suburban help with a lyctid powderpost beetle problem?

Because lyctid powderpost beetles infest wood, treatment can be complex.  If you're concerned about a possible powderpost beetle problem, contact us today to discuss control options.

Lyctid powderpost beetle prevention tips

  • Inspect wood for signs of powderpost beetles before bringing inside.
  • Properly store wood that you plan on using in your home.
  • Make sure any lumber you purchase has been stored and dried correctly.
  • Paint, stain or finish wood to stop these pests from infesting and laying eggs.
 

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