Some Woodboring Beetles pose no threat to your home, while others can cause devastating damages. Knowing which is which can make all the difference. There are many different varieties, sizes, and shapes of Woodboring Beetles, and each has a distinct type of frass. Some prefer softwoods, while others infest only hardwoods. All of these differences help in determining how to control an infestation.
Woodboring Beetles are typically identified when a customer or home inspector notices a section of wood freckled with small circular holes. This can be a cause of great concern, but in many cases, there is no real danger. These holes are caused by beetle larvae that have been inside the wood, taking considerable time to grow and pupate into an adult before chewing its way out of the wood, never to return. Other times, there is nothing left of the wood but a powdery mess.
Some species, such as the False Powder Post Beetles, Flat-Headed Wood Borer, and Ambrosia Beetles do not reinfest the same wood. This means the damage they cause is typically limited and a corrective treatment may not be needed. Other species, such as True Powder Post Beetles, Death Watch Beetles, and the Round-Headed Borer, will reinfest the same piece of wood. This allows them to cause considerable damage over time.