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Powder Post Beetle

Lyctus Brunneus
  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact
Morphologically, they have flat long and narrow bodies which they use to fit into the tiny holes they bore into wood.

The adults are capable of flying, though they seldom do so.

They attack soft wood timber, weakening it at points that have been bored.

They feed on wood starch and also use the new dug holes as their homes and for raising their larvae.

Size : 1/8 inches to 1/4 inches
Shape : Narrow, Oval
Color : Reddish brown to black
Legs : 6
Wings : Yes
Antenna : Yes
Common Name : Powder Post Beetle
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Coleoptera
Family : Lyctidae
Species : Lyctus brunneus


They feed on timber of deciduous trees plus a few species of hard wood. Bore round shaped holes on the timber.
Live in the wood they bore holes.
Use wood preservatives.

Cover up all infested parts by using paint or chemical wood preservatives.

Use timber species that are naturally resistant to these beetles.
They bore holes on wooden products which can target a number of useful items in the home like frames of tools, furniture, and flooring as well as structural items. They leave behind timber dust that emanate from the bored holes.
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