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Thread: Any idea what is in my firewood? -pictures-

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    Any idea what is in my firewood? -pictures-

    We have had a few pieces of un-burned firewood in our fireplace leftover from the winter for 'decorative' purposes. My wife noticed (and heard) these little mounds of sawdust showing up recently.

    Any ideas what may be causing this?

    Thanks for any input.

    -Linc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincoln Myers View Post
    We have had a few pieces of un-burned firewood in our fireplace leftover from the winter for 'decorative' purposes. My wife noticed (and heard) these little mounds of sawdust showing up recently.

    Any ideas what may be causing this?

    Thanks for any input.

    -Linc
    It looks like powder post beetle frass (excrement.) Get it out of the house!

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    I agree. It's some kind of borer beetle. Get the firewood out of the house or soon your framing will have a similar appearance.

    Wes Terry

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    Thanks

    I took that wood out right away this morning. Anything else we should do with it? Or to the fireplace to protect from them spreading?

    -Linc

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    David DeCristoforo

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    David, if you can email that file it would be most appreciated!! Loved it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Keeton View Post
    David, if you can email that file it would be most appreciated!! Loved it!
    Right-click on it and "Save picture as". It's an animated GIF.

    -Linc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincoln Myers View Post
    I took that wood out right away this morning. Anything else we should do with it? Or to the fireplace to protect from them spreading?
    -Linc
    As long as you remove the wood, you should be ok. Most people bring infected wood or wood products into the home, discover the frass, get rid of the material, and that is the end of that. The beetles lay their eggs on wood as it is curing, while the moisture content is still high. Home infestations are more rare, since they do not attack dry wood or any wood that is painted. If you have a damp crawl space, you might want to inspect it from time to time.

    Google "powder post beetle" and you will find more than you ever wanted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincoln Myers View Post
    Right-click on it and "Save picture as". It's an animated GIF.

    -Linc
    By golly you are right! Thanks. I do that with jpegs, but just didn't think about the animated GIF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David DeCristoforo View Post
    Yo fujitso, that cracked me up.I immediatley thought there was a bug on my screen which I thought was a weird coincidence since we were talking about them.

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    Ha, I did the same thing. Never could squish that little devil on the screen.
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    How about lighting a fire? I think that would take care of them!
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    It's a borer, but much too large to be powder post. They have emerged and are around somewhere. No worry about them attacking any other wood as they only bore into green wood.
    And now for something completely different....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard M. Wolfe View Post
    It's a borer, but much too large to be powder post. They have emerged and are around somewhere. No worry about them attacking any other wood as they only bore into green wood.
    Not so sure about that. We get the ones you can hear also, but only in dead wood.

    Pete

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