Asked April 12, 2021, 1:28 PM EDT
Last week we warmed up our cabin and 24 hours later found two black beetles in the cabin. I think they are pine boring beetles. The cabin is constructed entirely of pine, including pine tongue and groove paneling. I am concerned that the cabin may be at risk of a damaging infestation. Of course, this just could be a couple of bugs that hitchhiked in with some firewood and don't eat dead pine.
I contacted the specialty lumber company from which we purchased the tongue and groove pine, and they had never had an inquiry from a customer regarding pine beetles. I have tried a couple of pest control companies, and they won't say if pine beetle infestation is a thing, they want to do an inspection at cost to tell me what needs to be done. For all I know the two I already found and killed are the only ones.
Anyway, if you have any advice on this it would put my mind at ease. Thank you in advance for any information.
PS: I saved one of the insects, so I can send a picture if that would be helpful to you.
St. Louis County Minnesota