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Powder Post Beetles in New Hardwood Flooring
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STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA -- We purchased 3/4" tongue and groove hickory flooring from Corters Flooring America (manufactured by Clear Lake Lumber of PA)to be placed in our new home. Within 8 months of placement we began to discover tiny holes accompanied by small piles of x-fine sawdust throughout our 1800 sq. ft. of hickory flooring. We immediately sought the opinions of experts - two separate Pest Control Specialists and the Urban Entomologist at Penn State University. All three agreed that our new flooring was infested with Powder Post Beetles. They also agreed that the beetles had to have been present as larvae in the flooring when it was placed in our new construction. Corters Flooring refuses to take responsibility and replace the flooring. We do not want to take legal action. We just want flooring that won't eat us out of house and home.
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Alain on 04/30/2010:
If the company refuses to deal fairly with this problem you may not have any other recourse than to take legal action. At least consult with an attorney. Reputable ones will discuss your problem for free prior to your hiring them.
Obsfucation on 04/30/2010:
Sometimes, just paying a lawyer to send them a letter saying that you are pursuing legal action is enough to force a company to do the right thing.

Can these bugs spread from your floor to the rest of your house?
Alain on 04/30/2010:
Good question!
old fart on 04/30/2010:
In some cases depending on the species they can infest other parts of the house, particularly wood that hasn't been sealed with paint or varnish.
The best bet is to have the house tent fumigated so as not to miss any wood part of the house. It's an expensive process but it's extremely thorough and well worth the investment.

Old fart ( ex exterminator 30 years)
Alain on 04/30/2010:
Now I'm really thinking you should see an attorney, Cherb.
old fart on 04/30/2010:
This is what liability insurance is for...
laggi on 06/26/2013: what you need MW treatment
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