Powderpost Beetles

 

Pest ID Guide: Powderpost Beetles

(Lyctus brunneus)

Powderpost beetles lay their eggs in cracks of wood and the larvae tunnel into the surface, filling it with a very fine powder-like dust. Powderpost beetles have long, narrow, flat bodies that allow them to easily attack wood surfaces. These beetles are reddish-brown in color.

Size Color Legs Shape Antenanae
1/8″ to 1/4″ Reddish brown to black 6 Narrow Oval True

Habitat

Powderpost beetles often attack hardwoods, and can be found in hardwood floors, timbers and crates, antiques and other objects made of hardwood materials.

Habits:

Adult powderpost beetles are very active at night, enjoy flying and are attracted to the light.

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Control / Prevention

Powderpost beetles can be prevented through vigilant inspection of wood sources in the home.

Threats:

Some researchers believe that powderpost beetles are second only to termites in the United States in their destructiveness to wood and wood products.

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