Floored by Beetles

Lyctoxylon_dentatumCBC is reporting on a lawsuit by homeowners against a Canadian lumber company over a powder post beetle infestation. The homeowners bought and installed wood floors. Everything was good until several piles of sawdust appeared around small holes in the floor. The lumber was infested with powder post beetles that completed their development then chewed exit holes in the flooring.

The homeowners sued the lumber company for selling a defective product. The lumber company contests the lawsuit claiming that powder post beetle was not their fault. The lumber is kiln dried, which should kill the beetle, and the coated to protect it. The company believes the homeowners must have introduced the beetle. The homeowners don’t believe they introduced the beetle. So, Who done it? Maybe a good forensic entomologist can solve the mystery.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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