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Identify An Insect

It's springtime and garage sales are blooming like a field of daffodils. They're everywhere and each sale may hold that special item you've been trying to find for years. So, there you are exploring and suddenly you spot a small wooden chest. It's got the perfect dimensions for the place in front of the couch in the den. You bargain a bit and finally settle on a price. The chest is yours!

You manage to get it home and put it in its proper place. You are thoroughly ***image1***enjoying your little chest when one day you are vacuuming and you notice some powdery material on the carpet around the base of the chest. You vacuum up the powder and think nothing more about it until a few days later you notice the powder has returned.

You move the little chest to see if you can discover anything under it and suddenly you discover a lot more powder. In fact, the more you move the chest the more powder you find. It has now dawned on you that your wonderful little chest may have contained some special surprises you did not realize you were getting with the purchase.

You call in a pest management expert who quickly manages to identify the insect problem as powder post beetles, a common problem often found in older furniture that has been stored in unprotected environments. After some possibly expensive treatments the problem is resolved.

The whole point of this scenario is for you to be aware of what you are bringing into your home. Quarantine any used items you purchase for a period to confirm that you are not welcoming unwanted intruders into your surroundings. An easy way to create quarantine is to put the objects into plastic bags. You can buy plastic bags in all sizes including ones large enough to encase furniture. Or, you can ask a furniture store to put aside a few plastic bags in which couches or mattresses are shipped.

Understand how to identify an insect infestion of fabric pests, wood damaging insects or other hitchhikers like spiders, cockroaches or a long list of other pests. A little precaution can save a lot of potential headaches.

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