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Margot from Huntington Beach, Ca writes

What can I use to kill beetles in a finished piece of furniture?

finished sideboard has two tiny holes with shavings, what can i use to treat/kill beetle?


What you are describing does sound like powder post beetles. You can get rid of them by using a product such as Boracare but this will require you to strip the piece of furniture to get rid of any paint, stain or finish (Boracare will not work on finished wood). Boracare is the only insecticide that can penetrate into the wood to kill the immature beetles before they chew their way out of the wood and damage the furniture. If it is just one piece of furniture that is infested and you do not want to strip off the finish you can also contact local furniture finishers or pest control operators who may offer a heat chamber. Heating the sideboard up to over 140 degrees for several hours will any pest that is inside.

Answer last updated on: 09/01/2011

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