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What is a woodboring beetle?

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A wood-boring beetle refers to any of the families of beetles whose larval or adult forms eat or destroy wood. Three groups of these invasive beetles are a common nuisance to homeowners, damaging the structures of dwellings and even causing damage to furniture.

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Powderpost beetles often attack hardwoods, as such woods contain pores in which the beetles lay their eggs. Deathwatch beetles prefer softwoods like the Douglas fir, with a tendency to invade softer, older, decayed woods with a higher moisture content. False powderpost beetles destroy a variety of hardwoods and some softwoods, burrowing tunnels in the wood to lay their eggs.

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