Lyctid Powderpost Beetles

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0.07 - 0.2 inch

Inch Long



What do Lyctid Powderpost Beetles look like?

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.

What are the signs of Lyctid Powderpost Beetles?

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.

What Damage do Lyctid Powderpost Beetles cause?

They will infest hardwoods and can cause significant damage. Though they’re not likely to cause structural damage to your home, they will affect wood around your house.

How do you prevent Lyctid Powderpost Beetles?

A couple of ways to prevent lyctid powderpost beetles include:

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.

How do I get rid of Lyctid Powderpost Beetles?

Because lyctid powderpost beetles infest wood, treatment can be complex. Do not attempt to resolve your beetles problem yourself.

Can Lyctid Powderpost Beetles hurt me?

Lyctid powderpost beetles are not a threat to human health.

What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

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.