Wood Boring Beetle Extermination Service
What is included in the Kanga Wood Boring Beetle extermination service?
Wood Borers usually damage the sub flooring and support beams in the crawlspace of a home. We at Kanga will treat every square inch of wood in your crawlspace.
How long does an average appointment take?
Anywhere between 1-3 hours.
What makes Kanga’s service better than your competitors?
Kanga provides a 1 year warranty against a re-infestation of Wood Boring Beetles.
If you find a better price with a competitor, there is something you should know..
If you find a cheaper price for the exact same service, we will match it and beat it by 5%!
How often should I have a follow up appointment?
A follow up appointment is not usually required. Although a yearly inspection can be beneficial.
What are Wood Boring Beetles?
Wood Boring Beetles: Powderpost Beetles apply to any of the three close related families (Lyctidae, Bostrichidae and Anobiidae) within the superfamily Bostrichoidea. The common name is appropriate because the larvae of these beetles reduce timbers to a very fine, powder-like material. Among the many different varieties of insects that attack wood, the damage of Powderpost beetles is only second to that of termites. They infest and reinvest dry seasoned wood with the interior of such wood being completely riddled with holes and packed with wood dust or frass. Pinhole openings often called (shot holes) pierced through on the surface of infected wood.
The size of these holes varies from the type of species of beetles involved. Powderpost Beetles infest flooring, lumber, paneling, furniture and other wood items. Infestations are usually a result of infested lumber being used to build into structures. These beetles are also frequently brought into homes from infested firewood where they may enter into the crawlspace beneath the building and lay eggs on exposed wood there. The first sign of evidence of infestation is usually piles of fine sawdust on or beneath wood and small holes in the wood surface. True Powderpost Beetles (Family Lyctidae) Lay their eggs in the surface pores of wood. The eggs are long and cylindrical rather than round. Larvae bore into the wood as soon as they hatch. Larvae are white with dark brown heads and mandibles. The front end of the body is larger then the back and has three pairs of legs. The larvae live in wood, creating tunnels as they eat the wood. Adults then bore near to the surface of the wood and pupate, and bore out soon after pupation where fine, powdery wood dust gets pushed out of the wood as they emerge. Adult activity is at their greatest during early spring. They are inactive in the day and conceal themselves in cracks and holes in the wood. At night, they become active and are attracted to lights.
They may then be seen crawling around windowsills, floors and furniture. Adults are flattened and redish-brown to black in color. They are small beetles varying in size from 3/32 to 7/32 in. long. False Powderpost Beetles (Family Bostrichidae) bore into wood to lay their eggs. Mature larvae are curved and wrinkled, lack hairs on the body and posses three pairs of short legs. The front half of the body is larger than the back half. Most of these beetles are larger than beetles from other families of powderpost beetles. Their entrance and exit holes are larger at more than 1/8 in. in diameter. These holes do not contain frass but the tunnels do. The frass is tightly packed and stick together. Adults vary from 1/8 to 1 in. long and are dark brown to black in color. The body is cylindrical and the head is not usually visible from above. This species is mostly encountered in hardwoods, and a primarily a pest of seasoned wood but can occasionally be found in unseasoned wood. They are dependent on the starch and other nutrients they infest in wood.