Reliable Powderpost Beetle Control
If you’ve noticed powder post beetle signs inside or outside your home, contact a professional before they can cause significant damage. At Schopen Pest Solutions, we have decades of experience in preventing and controlling these pests in Illinois and Wisconsin. We will quickly identify the source of the powderpost beetle infestation and provide safe, fast, and effective powderpost beetle control. Call us today to learn how to get rid of powderpost beetles.
What Is a Powderpost Beetle?
A powderpost beetle is a different species of wood-boring beetle. They are reddish brown or black with a cylinder-shaped body. They can grow to between ⅛ and ¾ inches long and their heads are distinctly visible with their antennae looking like two-jointed clubs. They primarily feed on deciduous trees like oaks, maples, and beeches. They bore into the trees and leave powdery dust behind. Their larvae live inside the wood and feed on the tree’s natural sugars and starches. They can also live and lay eggs inside your home’s wooden framing, flooring, furniture, trim, and structural wood, causing significant damage and structural issues.
Signs of a Powderpost Beetle Infestation
To check for powder post beetle signs, inspect your attic, basement, and garage, crawl space and inspect furniture, beams, joists, and structural joints. You should also look outside your home at your trees and shrubs, porch and deck, railings and beams, and other wooden structures. The most obvious signs of a powderpost beetle infestation are tiny holes in wood. You will also see the beetles themselves. You may see piles of powdered wood from the holes they bore into the wood or hear a clicking noise made by the larvae. New frass and wood dust will look sandy or pale tan. If you clean up piles of wood dust and more appears, you have an active powderpost beetle infestation.
How to Get Rid of Powderpost Beetles
We use safe, strategic, and thorough powderpost beetle control and extermination methods. Our team has extensive experience and knows how to eliminate powderpost beetles. Once we assess the powderpost beetle infestation and confirm where the beetles are, we will use one of these methods of powderpost beetle control and eradication:
- Fumigating your home
- Using a powerful insecticide to kill adult beetles and larvae.
- Treating infested wood with an insecticide.
Best Ways to Prevent Powderpost Beetle Infestations
The best way to prevent powder-post beetle infestations is to be vigilant and look for early warning signs of an infestation. Be careful bringing wooden objects and furniture into your home, as they might be infested. To prevent a powderpost beetle infestation, we recommend:
- Sealing up cracks in the walls and foundation of your home.
- Installing weather stripping around your window and door frames.
- Install door sweeps and screens.
- Ensure any wood brought into or stored near the home is properly dried and/or treated.
- Inspect all wood for signs of a powderpost beetle infestation before bringing it to your home or storing it near your home.
- Paint or stain exposed wood.
- Use dehumidifiers in your home.
Why Choose Schopen Pest Solutions for Powderpost Beetle Control
Our team has over 30 years of experience in pest control services, and we always look for the safest, fastest, and most effective method of extermination and control. We provide thorough inspections and find practical prevention methods for pests, insects, rodents, and animals. We stay on top of the latest advancements and research in the pest control industry to ensure we’re always offering the best solutions to our customers. Our goal is to provide the highest quality customer service, proactive pest control solutions, and eco-friendly extermination and prevention solutions.
Contact Us for Powderpost Beetle Control in Illinois
Contact us today for safe, effective, and fast powderpost beetle control in Illinois and Wisconsin. If you notice powder post beetle signs in or around your home, call our team of experts today. We will be sure to thoroughly inspect and assess the problem and find the most effective solution for your powder post beetle infestation.