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Lyctid Powderpost Beetle Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from Lyctid powderpost beetles by learning techniques for identification and control.

Lyctid Powderpost Beetle Illustration
1/16 to ¼ in
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Lyctid Powderpost Beetle Treatment

How do I get rid of Lyctid powderpost beetles?

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Your local Orkin Pro is trained to help control Lyctid powderpost beetles and other pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin Pro will design a unique beetle treatment program for your situation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Lyctid Powderpost Beetles

What do Lyctid powderpost beetles look like?

  • Lyctid Powderpost Beetle Size: Lyctid powderpost beetles are usually 1/16 to ¼ in long.

  • Lyctid Powderpost Beetle Color: Lyctid powderpost beetles can be reddish-brown, dark brown, or black.

  • Lyctid Powderpost Beetle Characteristics: Due to their cylindrical and flattened bodies, Lyctid powderpost beetles may bear a resemblance to flour beetles. However, Lyctid powderpost beetles have bodies segmented into two parts, in contrast to the three segments found in flour beetles.

What do Lyctid powderpost beetles eat?

The larvae of Lyctid powderpost beetles are wood-boring insects known to consume various types of unfinished hardwoods, such as hickory, walnut, and ash. It's important to note that wood that has undergone polishing, varnishing, or painting is generally safe from infestation by these beetles. The protective treatments applied to the wood act as a deterrent, making it less susceptible to being targeted by Lyctid powderpost beetles.

Where do Lyctid powderpost beetles live?

Lyctid powderpost beetles are commonly located in various hardwoods. Outdoors, they may live in dead tree branches. Indoors, Lyctid powderpost beetles can be found in hardwoods used for flooring, furniture, and wood paneling. Their presence indoors is often associated with the wood-based materials used in construction and interior furnishings.

Life Cycle of Lyctid Powderpost Beetles

Lyctid powderpost beetles go through an egg, larva, pupa, and adult stage in their life cycle.

Lyctid Powderpost Beetle Egg Stage

Females lay their eggs (up to 50 eggs over a week) within the crevices of unfinished wood.

Lyctid Powderpost Beetle Larva Stage

Upon hatching, the larvae begin feeding and burrowing into the wood while creating tunnels filled with a powdery substance known as frass. This larval stage is particularly damaging to wood structures.

Lyctid Powderpost Beetle Pupa Stage

As the larvae mature, they burrow closer to the wood's surface to pupate.

Lyctid Powderpost Beetle Adult Stage

An adult beetle will then transition from the pupa stage and continue toward the surface of the wood. It emerges from the wood through small, round exit holes and mates with other beetles. The cycle repeats as female beetles return to wood. The entire process can span from a couple of months to 4-5 years.

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