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We got an old barn beam to use as our mantlebefore we put it up, we used bleach, soap, some kind of insecticide on it. It has been up for a few months and we recently took it off and found small saw dust piles underneath it. Does this mean that some kind of bug is still inside the beam? Could it have penetrated into our house? What could it be? What should we do?


It sounds like it has Powder Post Beetle in it. Brush or spray a good coat of Shell Guard on it. You may notice the activity for a year or so but will stop. May want to leave it out side under cover for awhile. Call 800-564-2987 to purchase the Shell Guard.

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Posted By Thomas matsuda
I have two oak logs 8-9" dia. I cut and peeled them late fall and let them air dry. I sanded them and found tiny holes very deep. If I apply bora care and seal, is it safe to use as pillars in a. Ew house with oak floors? Will they spread? What sealer and is it ok to apply it while the logs are still wet