Somewhere along the line, some wood beetles laid some eggs in this tree and the larva did some burrowing. In most cases only cosmetic damage is seen and there is no risk of secondary infestation within the home. I have seen some homes where it is a pleasing sight to have this in the wood, while others may not like the look. Ambrosia beetles create a staining within the wood and can look quite nice. Powderpost beetles are often associated with a re-infestation, I have seen art work brought back into the US with these potential issues. In one case we froze the Giraffe for approximately 2 weeks and that took care of the problem. This is a part of IPM or Integrated Pest Management.
What do you look for?
- Before bringing back any wood into the US please check for issues. Most lumber is treated or inspected.
- Damage to the wood.
- Sometimes these bugs expel wood pellets similar to Drywood termites.
- Any change to the appearance of the wood.
- Any winged insects within the home, can be identified by a Pest Professional. Call ProBest Pest management 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176