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My parents just purchased a 20+ yr old log home in Northern Mississippi (20 min outside of Memphis), and though they had an inspection done, we just noticed very small (I would guess about 1/2 centmeter) round holes. We have contacted an exterminator to try and identify what type of insect we are dealing with. Since they have only been in the house a few weeks, we havent' been around to see much activity around the holes. But...here is the alarming part -- there are about 3 logs where these

Answer:

Do not getto alarmed. They are probably Powder Post Beetles. The house will not fall down. Unfortunatly, the best way to get ride of them is to apply a borate treatment, but it must be done on bare wood which means stripping.

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Posted By sharon
6/16/2006
we have a log home in indiana we had a problem with wood boring bees, we dont have that problem anymore we have fine feathered friend problem now, woodpeckers they are tearing our house apart we hane four wholes about 2-3 inches in depth 2-3 inches in width can you please help us
Posted By barry k
6/26/2006
i too have a 20+ year old log house from vt log homes had powerpoint 5 yrs ago and did not treat and they seemed to go away ,just restained &their back what are options
Posted By irene egan
8/17/2006
we're in the process of buying a log home where there has been a bad infestation of powder post beetles, the logs are very soft in some areas of the home and garage. what do you suggest we do to remedy this situation??
Posted By Mary Flores
9/17/2006
I just read your "answer" to the question regarding powder post beetles. Unfortunately, I am currently in the same situation. Would you please be able to advise me of a reputable exterminator capable of exterminating for these beetles in Northern Illinois. I have checked with Orkin, they do not service this area. I tried Terminex, nobody could make it out here. I am very worried because I do not want to let the probablem worsen. Your help would be sincerely appreciated. Thank you!!
Posted By derrick
4/28/2007
my house is about 150 years old. My floors have little holes and trails with wood dust in some of them and one of my old dresser has holes about big as a pencile lead are they post port beetles or something else. thank you
Posted By derrick
4/28/2007
my house is about 150 years old. My floors have little holes and trails with wood dust in some of them and one of my old dresser has holes about big as a pencile lead are they post port beetles or something else. thank you
Posted By Terri Fisher
6/10/2007
We have a log home in Indiana. We have had a problem with bore bees and are working on correcting this. What do we need to do to the logs they infested? There is several long holes that a woodpecker made and I am afraid we are going to have to totally replace the logs.
Posted By Denny Ployhar
8/5/2012
I am a log home builder who just sold a guy a log house, built out of lodge pole pine logs. I applied one coat of Superdecks log oil, now 3 months later he is noticing little holes in his logs with sawdust below them. The oil penetrates into the wood so can it even be removed? Or is there some other option?
Posted By Denny Ployhar
8/5/2012
I am a log home builder who just sold a guy a log house, built out of lodge pole pine logs. I applied one coat of Superdecks log oil, now 3 months later he is noticing little holes in his logs with sawdust below them. The oil penetrates into the wood so can it even be removed? Or is there some other option?