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    Question What kind of bug did this?

    One 2x6 in my kitchen sub floor has insect damage. There is no other board showing damage. No signs of life. We've never had bug problems in this house. And, on top of everything else, we live in high desert and termites are very, very, rare here.

    So, my guess is it looked like this when it was installed 37 years ago, shame on the builder. However, I thought I'd check with the group, knowing we have a bunch of very bright people here, and see if anyone thinks the same or thinks I have a problem.
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    i would say that its made from a grub that is around 1" long rennie and is common in softwoods..but it isnt termite in my opinion.. and doesnt look like powder post beetles either to large of holes and to much eatun..
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    Could've been Carpenter Ants. They'd have only eaten the wood while it was wet, though. Probably departed when the wood dried out - maybe even before it was installed in the house.
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    What Jim said
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
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    So, as I suspected. Nothing to worry about?
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    I would say no worries
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
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    Carpenter ants. They leave the sawdust in their tracks. Looks like they are long gone.
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    I'd say one that's been dead a long long time ago. I don't think you have anything to worry about. That was done by some kind of borer, likely in the larve stage.
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    Gotta tell ya, this is one great place to be a member. It's truly a blessing to have all of you as 'family'.

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    Jim's probably right about it being from a boring insect, especially if there is a little fine saw dust there with it. I suppose you could spray it with some borax treatment if you're concerned that it may be active.
    Darren

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