By Diane Ako
I need to crowd source this one. I have bugs in my bathroom cabinet (as opposed to bees in my bonnet; LOL). Can you help me identify what is it and how to treat it?
For years, I have been using, to my waning dissatisfaction, Terminix, who told me this is a powder-post beetle. The serviceman sprayed some kind of poison under the cabinet and killed it temporarily, but it came back again a few months later.
Now, I know you're going to say a residence is the biggest investment a person makes, so I should give it a lot of attention. The reality is, we are two working parents who are super tired at the end of the day and still need to tend to a small child. So, things fall through the cracks. We try. We sometimes fail.
When I get a free minute, I'm fixin' to make a pest-control company change (any recommendations?), but in the meanwhile, I want to figure out what the heck to do with this bug.
I don't see the animal, but I see what I think are big holes it makes while it burrows into the wood. It lives in the wood under the bathroom sink. It eats the wood and leaves droppings. The droppings are coarse, more like pencil shavings, than fine powder that the powder post beetles are known for. I also don't see pin holes that the powder post beetles are known for.
Thanks for the help!