Whether you live in a large city like Hartford or a rural town such as Wilbraham, powder post beetles can find their way into your home and cause a lot of damage and personal stress. Most property managers and homeowners don’t worry about the possibility of dealing with a powder post beetle infestation until they go to sell their home or property. These insects attack and eat wooden structures, causing damage and costly repairs. Experts estimate that the cost of the structural damage and treatment costs for these beetles is second only to termites. Knowing how to identify powder post beetle infestations can save you countless hours, frustration, and money in the long-run. Follow these tips on how to get rid of beetles, identifying, and preventing beetles from invading your space!
Although they are often mistaken for termites, there are some differences between these two bugs. Adult beetles have a unique wing shape that strongly resembles a shell. Beetles also have a distinctive antennae and chewing mouthparts that differ from termites. Powder post beetles are common in Western MA. These beetles are often tiny and a reddish brown color with long, flat bodies. This body shape allows them to easily navigate attacks on wooden surfaces.
How to Get Rid of Beetles
Keeping powder post beetles out of your home and property can be accomplished with some preventative methods. These pesky insects thrive in moist environments. Make sure to properly ventilate and dehumidify problem areas like crawl spaces and damp basements and cellars, especially during warmer months.
Other beetles of interest are pantry pests that attack food products, so keeping your kitchen sanitary and food stored properly is a great way to keep pantry pests at bay. And, it’s always a great idea to have your place inspected by a professional if you suspect that these pests might be making a home in your kitchen, crawlspace or basement. If you are purchasing a new property, it is especially crucial that you have a formal pest inspection done.
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