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Powder Post Beetles in the Wood Pile

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by clinchscavalry, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. clinchscavalry

    clinchscavalry ArboristSite Operative

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    Has anyone had problems with powder post beetles excavating their firewood ? I find major infestations whether the wood is stacked on gravel under a shelter or just stacked outside under a tarp. They don't consume much wood, but it makes a huge mess trying to move it around inside the house.

    Most of my wood is pecan with a small amount of oak, cherry, and even some pine. The pecan and oak get the beetles.

    Does anyone know how to prevent this mess ?
     
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    I get them too. I just manually remove them and then I make sure I don't store more than four days of wood in my mud room. I find one for every 25 splits or so.
     
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    No they are not and I must have been mistaken. The ones I get are about one inch long.
     
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    Got em in my pile, Usually on older stored wood that has really dried out. I just hit them on the ground a couple of times to remove all the dust they make and then burn the beetles with the wood. If you listen real close you can hear the little guys blowing up. Kinda like a mini 4th celebration in the winter.
     

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