Wood-Boring Beetles Wood-boring beetles can cause significant damage before detection.
ABOUT WOOD-BORING BEETLES
There are four types of wood-boring beetles commonly found throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which are:
• Old house beetle • Powderpost beetle • Asian longhorned beetle • Emerald ash beetle
WHAT DO WOOD-BORING BEETLES LOOK LIKE?
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.
WHERE DO WOOD-BORING BEETLES LIVE?
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 typicallly 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.
WHAT DO WOOD-BORING BEETLES EAT?
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.
ARE WOOD-BORING BEETLES DANGEROUS?
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.
ARE WOOD-BORING BEETLES A HEALTH RISK?
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.
DO WOOD-BORING BEETLES CAUSE DAMAGE?
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.
HOW TO DETECT WOOD-BORING BEETLES
The presence of wood-boring beetles can go unnoticed until they are found in places such as rafters, joists, finished wood, and furniture. Often the only sign of an infestation are the small exit holes that are made when emerge from their hiding places.
HOW TO PREVENT WOOD-BORING BEETLES
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 beining indoors • Sand and varnish all uninfested wood • Do not store valuable wood items in places such as barns or sheds
HOW TO TREAT FOR WOOD-BORING BEETLES
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