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There are different species of beetles that can literally destroy your hardwood floor. In other words they can melt your floor into powder. And there is the only one ever green method that can destroy those without environmental damage.

Let's powderpost beetles that are known to be the most common hardwood destroying beetles first:

  • Lyctid (Lyctidae)

  • Bostrichid (Bostrichidae)

  • Anobiid (Anobiidae)

Lyctid “Lyctidae” Powderpost Beetles

This beetle is a hardwood eater and avoids soft wood. The Lyctidae is the beetle that commonly found in a

hardwood. This beetle attacks products made of hardwood such as oak, ash, walnut, hickory, poplar and cherry and also bamboo.

Lyctid beetles are rarely found in the structural lumber of a house or other wood structure. Residential lumber is usually milled from softwood trees such as spruce, fir and pine, particularly douglas fir in the pacific northwest.

This Lyctid powderpost beetle is small (1/16-1/4 inch), narrow and elongated, reddish-brown to black in color. When the adult bores out of the wood they leave a small emergence hole (shot hole) about the size of a pinhead.

Lyctid wood eating beetles may have come from furniture, cabinets. hardwood molding. More often, eggs were laid in the hardwood flooring before installation, where they developed into a grub larvae.

Bostrichid “Bostrichidae” Powderpost Beetles

Bostrichid powderpost beetles prefer hardwoods however they will attack tropical hardwoods and bamboo or newly build hardwood.

The Bostrichidae powderpost beetle varies in size from about 1/8″ to 1/4″. The bostrichid, creates a larger hole than a lyctid. The bostrichid develops rapidly and introduce the damage in the first year.

Anobiid “Anobiidae” Powderpost Beetles

The Anobiid is usually exists in areas like crawlspaces, basements, garages and other damp and unheated temperature controlled areas. These Hardwood flooring beetles are most commonly found in places where the humidity is high as wells as temperature.

Unlike the lyctids and bostrichids, this powder post beetle can digest the cellulose within wood which enables them

to attack wood regardless of age. The larvae develop slowly and thus its infestation is rarely seen in building of less than 10 years in age.

The Anobiidae beetles range in size from 1/32″ to 3/8″ long; however, those that attack structures are 1/8″ to 1/4-inch long. Unlike the lyctid, the Fras has a gritty feel. The Anobiid will attack both hardwoods and softwoods. Therefore, they will attack the structural components of a building. The anobiidae prefers a much higher moisture content as they require 13-30% moisture for the larvae to develop.

Adult Anobiid


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