I have a pile of sawdust forming under a hole in the underside of the above wooden wheel spoke on my '26 T touring. How do I rid myself of this Shagabark Hickory devouring pest. This is my first viewing of the evidence of this ravenous rascal.
Suggestions for an effective pesticide?
Any advice from the Happiness Council?
Are you sure this is from a bug? If so, a squirt of Hot Shot should end the matter. But many times what looks like sawdust is the product of a disintegrating wheel. When that happens, it's time for new wood.
It could be dry wood termites or carpenter ants, however, if the spokes have shrunk in length they might be moving up and down in the felloe as you drive around. You would hear some creaking and maybe if you push and pull the top of the wheel you can see some slack. In that case, the sawdust is from wear rather than from bugs.
Your wheel needs to be re-spoked.
Around here I have to watch out for wood borer bees. They make big holes. And they like my deck .
Wayne, and they'll bore into Redwood too!
David, Glad you mentioned Redwood. I'd like to share a tongue twister I created some years ago. Do realize this was totally by accident! I asked this simple question to another guy in the shop: "Will Redwood Rot?" As you might guess, it came out all tangled up! So... I DARE you, say it fast three times! Good luck!
Wayne nailed it, they like barn rafters too! You need to have your car inside, if you killed this one then another may start the process all over again.
Sounds like powder post bugs. They make a small round 1/16 hole, and a little pile of saw dust. A shot of brake cleaner with a straw on the nozzle will take care of him. There are probably more though.
I heard that our government has a special program to protect these pests as an endangered species. It seems that there are not enough T wheels for the little critters.
I find Dursban/Lursban will kill any creepy/crawley.
I never would of thought of this happening for the rest of my life.
There is a very good joke in this ...somewhere.
Where there is one bug there are likely more, since I have started looking they seem to be everywhere... Assuming the spokes are still ok (not so easy to tell unless they are cut open)it seems that Boron mixed up in a water or glycol solution might be helpful for insects such as the powder post beetle. My father has a small mill; my brother discovered beetles in some wood brought to him which then lead to us to discover that we had a pretty big infestation. It's pretty painful to take a chainsaw to 2' wide hard maple boards and put them in the furnace but that was how my father heated his house last winter. We bandsawed into various pieces of wood before burning it was a little scary to see what damage the beetles can do as larvae. This spring all new lumber is getting sprayed as a water boron solution, dry lumber is getting sprayed with glycol boron solution; the glycol will keep the surface wetted for some time. I am not sure the concentration dad is using, so you might want to google something like: boron powder post beetle you will get better information. For a couple small pieces of wood we placed pieces in the kitchen oven and baked at ~200 degrees for several hours (time enough that we felt the internal temp had risen) this of course will really dry the spokes out, probably not so good.
Ever think of using liquid Nitrogen?
I know when my folks had termites in some bookshelves in the house they were sitting in Hawaii, they took the bookshelves to a locker plant and kept it there for a week. Killed all the termites! "Froze them out!"
I once was drying an oak burl for a project and after a few months all these bugs started coming out of it--AUGH!! Those puppies are in the wood when you cut it down.