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subaquatic
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Posted: 2013-08-14 8:26 pm   Permalink

Hi,
I don't post much, but I've drawn inspiration from so many of the home bar projects I've seen here. I decided to post with a question I've run across in converting my apartment living room into a tiki space. I've got some bamboo trim on the wall and ceiling edges, and I recently began to notice in one corner a fine sawdust on the floor. Following it up, I see very very small holes eaten into the bamboo I have attached to the ceiling. Sweeping around, I also finally found the small creatures doing the damage, and after taking macro photos of them and looking at images online, I think I've got them identified as powderpost beetles (possibly anobiid variety). Just wondering if anyone else has encountered such a problem in the building of their Tiki environments. Are you pretreating your wood before putting it up in your home?
I've done some reading and learned that these beetles lay their eggs in hardwood, where the larvae incubate for up to 5 years, then chewing their way out. I may replace the bamboo post that seems most affected, but I'm not really sure if the rest of my wood could be loaded up with eggs waiting to hatch. I've got some Timbor on order. Has anyone used that? Whatever info or experience you have would be valuable. Thanks!


 
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
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Posted: 2013-08-15 03:18 am   Permalink

You can find ways to get rid of all kinds of pests on the net.
Here's one place.
And the next link has all kinds of info.
Good luck!
http://epestsupply.ecomm-search.com/search?defaction=search&keywords=beetles&rewrite=off

http://www.powderpostbeetles.com/


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tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-08-15 03:30 am   Permalink

Here is some info for you as well.
This is from the second site I listed.

February 27, 2012

Tammy @ 9:08 am #
How I can eliminate the bamboo borers inside a restaurant?

Reply

admin @ 10:57 am #
If the bamboo doesn't have a finish on it's outer facing side, simple spray or "paint" it with Boracare. I've been involved with doing this treatment it's very easy to do. I've also seen where the bamboo is attached to the wall and can be removed because it's actually in squares like tiles or paneling. Once removed, the back side can be treated.

Another method I've seen done is by mixing up in the Boracare in a tub and then dunking the bamboo in it for a few minutes to let the treatment penetrate. This is highly effective.

Lastly, spraying it down with some Phantom can prove effective since bamboo is very thin. In most cases aerosols won't help but with bamboo, it's a viable option.

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subaquatic
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Posted: 2013-08-15 07:16 am   Permalink

Thanks tikiskip. Was thinking of using a spray bottle, but the dunking idea sounds better. Maybe I'll go that direction instead.

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-08-15 12:11 pm   Permalink

That Phantom stuff works great too.
I have used it for ants.
http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-phantom-17-5oz
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