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Offline wfontjr

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Bug help?
« on: October 22, 2017, 02:10:36 PM »
I just completed a barndominum with an all wood inside. I milled about half the wood myself, the other half from a local sawmill. I built a bed headboard out of oak I have had for 10 years. After moving it in my bedroom I noticed some sawdust the next day coming from one edge. While sleeping this weekend I could hear a bug eating. I sprayed the hole today with an can of insecticide with a long straw inserted into the cavity. Should I wait and listen again or remove it from the house and replace this board? I have used this same wood for the cabinets with no issues. Anyone have any experience?

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Re: Bug help?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2017, 03:26:46 PM »
Well, that's disturbing!

I'd personally remove the entire headboard outside until I had insured everything was dead.   

Heat is the most effective way to guarantee sterilization.  It's certainly not the easiest.

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Re: Bug help?
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2017, 06:05:52 PM »
Thanks for response

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Re: Bug help?
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2017, 09:32:40 AM »
I agree with YH.  Big risk that the insects will spread...the holes and sawdust mean they are leaving the wood and looking to mate, lay eggs, and reproduce.

The spray will not get deep into the wood where they are active.
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