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Re: antique mahogany buffet/hutch

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-152.rconnect.com)
Date: 1/12/3 16:06

In Response To: antique mahogany buffet/hutch (Michelle Morse)

It does sound like you have a Powder Post Beetle infestation. Check a previous posting on this site for more details, they will get into your other furniture and the trim and frame work of your house. You can bug bomb again and that may do it, but I doubt it. The eggs which are laid on the open grain by the adults, and have been known to still hatch after six years. The grubs in the wood may survive the bug bomb too, and the eggs certainly will. A fumagant can be applied into the wood by means of a drilled hole and syringe at the point of infestation, and this is the most succesful method. If you use this method, Timbore and Boracare are known to work on the rascals. Repeated freezing to 10 degrees and warming for couple weeks can do the job too. (3 times) Once you feel that you are getting the upper hand tape a sheet of paper on an area of recent activity. If the eggs and grubs are still active the adults will leave holes in the paper as they emerge. After that they can be detected around window panes, their version of a singles bar. Pharamone traps can be purchased to catch them in a sticky tomb, and give you an idea if they are still lurking about. Contact the store since you ane not alone in this and they need to know that their store and the warehouse of their supplier are in question too. Buyer be ware, the import inspection is lax in this area and our country and our valued antiques are at risk. Now go get em!

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