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Old 08-29-2014, 01:10 PM
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They are painted over maple here in south Florida. See pics, I keep cleaning up little piles of sawdust. How do I treat em if you know what's eating em?
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From the first pic I'd say Big Al.

From the second I'd guess termites or possibly carpenter ants.
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Ants?
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termite....get on top of it.
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Something bad?
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http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/su...FcI-MgodXCQAIw

I use suspend sc inside and out. During dry spell I spray brick down once a month and 1 foot out from home all the way around inside and out. This stuff wipes out insects.

I think you might want professional help at this point.
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termite....get on top of it.
More than likely and if you dont have termites now you will at some point.
I am just finishing a kithen remodel and when finished tent is going on for termites.
I am hoping that will kill all insects.
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I havn't see any type of bug. Its isolated to the cabinets only. I'm also thinking termites, but could it also be some type of beetle that's boring into it?
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Find the holes and spray with Raid, roach spray

Soak the holes and you'll be over them, for now.
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Recently a guy in out marina bought a '55 Viking that was a couple of years old. They started noticing the same thing, little piles of sawdust on their teak. They called Viking and were told that their teak supplier had an infestation. The bugs would hibernate for several years. They are going to have to have the boat tented and fumigated and apparently Viking has had to do that with all their wood.
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I havn't see any type of bug. Its isolated to the cabinets only. I'm also thinking termites, but could it also be some type of beetle that's boring into it?


Maybe this one, I found in my basement, it's the kind that were in the movie "the Mummy" the ones that went in your skin to your brain.

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Is it possible you have some rubbing/binding on your drawer slides? Can you see where it is coming from? Is there a bore hole?

And is the first pic a glare or is that sawdust on the floor? Second pic I assume is the countertop and you are getting it also from the uppers? If so, there goes my drawer slide theory.
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They are either drywood termites or wood boring beetles. If the material is gritty and pellet like it is drywoods. If it is more powder like it is powder post beetles. Have a professional you trust check the house. If they are in multiple areas you should strongly consider having the home fumigated. If you can send me better pics I may be able to tell you which it is. Call a pro.
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I'm just trying to figure out why you would paint maple?
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How old are your cabinets? It's possible that the wood was infected with beetle eggs before it ever got to your house and they are just now emerging.
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Cabinets are 10 yrs old. and this has been going on for a few years. Had them sprayed once for termites and it did not work.
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Come on figure this sh1t out for me. You guys solved all of bluechips problems, and his was much more complicated.
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powder post beetles. Tent $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
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Can you get a picture of the underside of the cabinets where the sawdust is coming from?
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I'll try to post tomorrow. Going out for a few cocktails now.
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Can you get a picture of the underside of the cabinets where the sawdust is coming from?
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