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Question DetailsAsked on 12/23/2016

company in NYC that treats powderpest beetles

I have an antique wooden frame that looks like powderpest beetles have bored holes in back of frame. Need pest control service to treat the frame.

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Sounds like maybe you have (or had in the past) Powerpost beetles. Generally, if the holes are current, there will be small wood shavings accumulating outside the holes - probably on the floor in your case. It could be that the holes are from a prior infestation that is not currently active.

You did not say what type of frame you are talking - I am assuming bed frame below because it is harder to handle. If you mean a picture frame then easily bagged and fumigated - though you should probably talk to an art museum conservator about the picture itself - is there a chance of larva being in the canvas ? And of course, if the canvas is itself around wood stretcher, there is a chance (depending on beetle species and typeof wood used in the stretcher frame) of beetles being in there too, which would be hard to assure kill on with the canvas tightly wrapped around it, so that might call for removing the picture and having it restretched on new stretcher framing. It is also quite likely that there are framing shops in NYC which handle this issue, and can take in a tightly bagged infested frame and treat it themselves, as well as restretching the picture as needed at the same time.

Otherwise, for a bedframe - a Pest Control/Exterminating company is what you need for this - almost any pest control company should have the chemicals and knowledge for this type of infestation.

Because it is a antique, I would NOT go for heat treatment (bed or picture frame) - takes 2-4 hours exposure at a minimum of 130 degrees and to be sure of killing larva and eggs, better 150 degrees - which is hot enough to severly crack wood andlikely start to damage the finish as well - especially if varnish or shellac, as is likely.

An oil-based chemical treatment like Timbor should also be avoided - stains the wood and finish, and some can lift or bubble the finish.

Probably the safest would be injection with a borax treatment like BoraCare, though it also can put a white haze on finishes. Would best be done with the holes in the surface facing down, so the treatment soaks into the wood and contacts all the eggs and larva - which might mean disassembling the bed to reorient the pieces for treatment.

Bagging and fumigation of the bedframe is also a possibility.

And of course, in addition to treating that specific frame, a close inspection should be done of the appropriate areas (depending on type of beetle) or hardwood or softwood or all wood materials in the house - furniture, picture frames, molding and trim, and for softwood attaching beetles the house framing as well. For this you probably would need a pest control expert even if a framing shop handles the picture and frame (if a picture frame), because if you have an infestation in one place it is quite possible that they have spread to other locations in the house/apartment - including possibly to/from neighboring units if in a mult-unit building.

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