ABOUT WOOD-BORING BEETLES



There are four types of wood-boring beetles commonly found in Bristol and throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which are:

• Old house beetle
• Powderpost beetle
• Asian longhorned beetle
• Emerald ash beetle

APPEARANCE



Wood-boring beetles range in size from 5/8 to 1 inch in length, and vary in color from brown, brownish-black, to green depending on the type of beetle.

DIET



Wood-boring beetles feed on tree bark, making small, concave wounds in trunks. Once beneath the surface of the bark, they continue to  feed until there are deep, round holes in tree trunks. This causes the tree's sap to ooze and lose nutrients.

HABITATS



Most wood-boring beetles are generally found in hardwood trees such as oak, maple, ash, and birch.  One exception to this is that of the old house borer beetle which will typically infest seasoned softwoods, such as pine. Wood-boring beetles are also found in building lumber and firewood and can use these objects as vehicles to make their way inside, hiding in places such as cracks and unfinished wood flooring.

PROBLEMS WITH WOOD BEETLES



The damage caused by wood-boring beetles can be quite extensive. For example, in heavily forested areas of Pennsylvania, wood-boring  beetles reduce the number of trees when infestation is out of control. But wood-boring beetles are not only a threat to trees, as these beetles  are quick to find fresh sources of wood at new construction sites and wherever firewood or lumber is stored, later feeding on wooden  furniture and even causing structural damage to wood inside dwellings. 

BEHAVIOR



Wood-boring beetles are not aggressive to humans and animals. The reason is the speed with which they move. They are quite aggressive about producing larvae and damaging trees and unfinished wood in interiors of homes and buildings.

HEALTH ISSUES



Wood-boring beetles are not known to carry disease to humans or animals. They may cause an ecological imbalance across wooded areas when they feast on woods other insects such as ants rely on for their breeding and diet.

SIGNS OF A BEETLE INFESTATION



The damage caused by wood-boring beetles can be quite extensive. For example, in heavily forested areas of Pennsylvania, wood-boring  beetles reduce the number of trees when infestation is out of control. But wood-boring beetles are not only a threat to trees, as these beetles  are quick to find fresh sources of wood at new construction sites and wherever firewood or lumber is stored, later feeding on wooden  furniture and even causing structural damage to wood inside dwellings.

PREVENTION TIPS



To help avoid having a problem with wood-boring beetles, follow these guidelines:

• Inspect areas where wood and lumber are stored
• Inspect lumber and firewood before bringing indoors
• Sand and varnish all uninfested wood
• Do not store valuable wood items in places such as barns or sheds

WOOD BEETLE CONTROL



It takes a professional eye to determine whether wood-boring beetle infestation exists in or around your Bristol home or business. We provide full inspections and treat wood-boring beetle infestation problems with the finest products available.

 
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