Scientific Name: Lyctus brunneus
Color: Reddish brown to black
Shape: Narrow oval
Size: 1/8 to 1/4"
Powderpost beetles lay their eggs in cracks of wood and the larvae
tunnel into the surface, filling it with a very fine powder-like
dust. Powderpost beetles have long, narrow, flat bodies that allow
them to easily attack wood surfaces. These beetles are reddish-brown
in color. Powderpost Beetles can be found in All 50 States
Adult powderpost beetles are very active at night, enjoy flying
and are attracted to the light.
Powderpost beetles often attack hardwoods, and can be found in hardwood
floors, timbers and crates, antiques and other objects made of hardwood
Some researchers believe that powderpost beetles are second only
to termites in the United States in their destructiveness to wood
and wood products.
Powderpost beetles can be prevented through vigilant inspection
of wood sources in the home.