Bostrichidae Beetles also known as” False powderpost beetles” can to infest rough cut lumber where strips of bark have been left intact.
- Color: Dark brown or black
- Legs: 6
- Shape: Cylindrical, humpbacked
- Size: Adult 1/4" long
- Antennae: Yes
- Region: Throughout the U.S.
- Habits: Adult female false powderpost beetles burrow into the wood where they deposit their eggs.
- Habitat: False powderpost beetles attack both hardwoods (preferred) and softwoods that have a high moisture content (i.e., newly cut wood). These beetles also infest pithy plants used in dried floral arrangements such as grapevine wreaths. Also attack wicker. Can re-infest, but not wood that has seasoned and dried considerably (to less than 10% moisture) since the initial infestation.
- Threats: Damages infected wood.