Powder beetles

John Kuhn Posted By John Kuhn, Jan 16, 2019 at 10:43 PM

  1. John Kuhn

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    For years I've had powder beetles chewing the firewood stored in my detached garage, making a big mess with the powder. I've noticed it much less with wood stored outside under cover.
    Does anybody have any success stories on how to get rid of powder beetles?
     
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    I've also had some kind of bug/borer in my firewood. I don't worry about it; I just leave the wood outside till I'm ready to burn it. I store my wood in the barn, so all the beams, etc. have been sprayed to keep the bugs from spreading, but I just knock the dust off the firewood and throw it in the stove. I don't typically spray wood that I burn. Curt
     
  3. John Kuhn

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    Thanks, Curt! I've noticed that powder beetle activity seems less on wood that's stored outside vs inside. I used to store my wood for one year outside and two inside, but now I'm going to do the opposite. I wouldn't spray the firewood either, thought maybe there was a way to fumigate the storage building, which is detached from the house.
     
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    I have them in my outside wood shed, but not in my stacks that are open to the air and rain. Apparently, they prefer the shaded, cool wood in the shed.
     
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    Interesting, that seems to support what I think I've been seeing.
     
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    When I stored some wood in my detached garage I would get a little bit of powder with my hickory and ironwood. Outside in my covered wood shelter I get some powder, it's not bad. Maybe you could build a big wood shelter outside, and then don't worry about the mess? :) Just curious, don't you have a lot of hickory?
     
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    The beetles seem to like most of my wood: red oak, sugar maple, ironwood, hickory, and elm. Seems like they leave the cherry alone, though. I've changed my storage to keep 2-3 years under cover outside, with just one year inside for the burning year. The mess is not that big a deal, but was wondering what other's experience was. I probably wouldn't want to fumigate every year, and there will always be a new crop of beetles moving in each year.
     
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    I have about 12 cord mix of Elm, Red Elm, Mulberry, Cherry & Honey Locust in my old corn crib & the only thing the powder beetles have worked over is the Honey Locust & Cherry but the Honey Locust & Cherry I have on pallets along a fence they haven’t even bothered. I am inclined to agree with Sportbikerider78 thoughts on them liking shaded cool wood.
     
  9. weatherguy

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    I think they like dry wood in a dry area, one year I had some, I burned em.
     
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    All of my Honey Locust & Cherry was cut & split just over a year ago & is definitely not dry. I will have to do some reading up on them.
     

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