Bugs On Plywood - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
 4Likes
  • 1 Post By radian23
  • 1 Post By Larry Schweitzer
  • 1 Post By Tony B
  • 1 Post By GeorgeC
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 Old 10-05-2017, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 3
View radian23's Photo Album My Photos
Bugs On Plywood

Bought some 3/4 oak plywood from Home Depot and after working on building a fish tank stand I noticed some little bugs on my work. My wife noticed a bunch on the sheet that I got from them.

I returned the remainder of the sheet back to home depot. Any idea what these are? I was going to bring the fish tank stand outside and use compressed air to spray it off the best I could. Problem is I don't know if I'll get them all off and don't want to bring a destructive pest into the house.
Attached Images
 
radian23 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old 10-05-2017, 10:28 AM
johnep
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: East Anglia UK
Posts: 1,898
View johnep's Photo Album My Photos
Your camera should have an ultra close up setting that would give larger images of the bugs. Difficult to see in your pic.
johnep
johnep is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 10-05-2017, 12:03 PM
Member
 
Bluenote38's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Rochester MI
Posts: 68
View Bluenote38's Photo Album My Photos
A super close up would def help but... If they "jump" they are Springtails if not then either Wood Mites or Hypoaspis Mites (different kind of mite that eats wood mites). They show up usually because the wood is damp. Put it in the sun for a couple hours and let it air out and most will go away. You can spray it with a commercial product or ammonia or bleach (DO NOT MIX CHEMICALS). In plywood you will need to pay attention to the edges especially and any voids, splits or cracks. If you have access to a -40C commercial freezer for about 8 hours that will work too.


Btw - mix the Bleach 1T to 1 pint of water and Ammonia 3T to one pint of water

Bill - Rochester MI
Artesian, Engineer, and Citizen Scientist


"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you never know if they are genuine."President Abraham Lincoln - 1876

Last edited by Bluenote38; 10-05-2017 at 12:19 PM.
Bluenote38 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Bluenote38 For This Useful Post:
radian23 (10-05-2017)
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 13 Old 10-05-2017, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 3
View radian23's Photo Album My Photos
I got my slr out and was able to get the following. I don't have a macro lense so this is about as good as I can get.
Attached Images
  
JohnTC likes this.
radian23 is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 10-05-2017, 01:37 PM
Member
 
Bluenote38's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Rochester MI
Posts: 68
View Bluenote38's Photo Album My Photos
Wood mites are usually more round. This looks like a Psocid more commonly known as a "Book Louse". They don't live in books, don't bite and live off mold. Book lice enjoy damp places especially where mold is present. Usually 1-2mm long they cannot retain moisture so drying thoroughly will get rid of them. I'd still hit the wood with a bleach solution to kill any mold spores.

Bill - Rochester MI
Artesian, Engineer, and Citizen Scientist


"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you never know if they are genuine."President Abraham Lincoln - 1876
Bluenote38 is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 10-05-2017, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 3
View radian23's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bluenote38 View Post
Wood mites are usually more round. This looks like a Psocid more commonly known as a "Book Louse". They don't live in books, don't bite and live off mold. Book lice enjoy damp places especially where mold is present. Usually 1-2mm long they cannot retain moisture so drying thoroughly will get rid of them. I'd still hit the wood with a bleach solution to kill any mold spores.
I'm pretty sure this is the bug that I have. Looks like low humidity and low temperature kills them. I'll bring my lumber outside during a below zero day. That should take care of the issue. Glad to see they are not destructive.
radian23 is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 10-06-2017, 06:11 AM
johnep
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: East Anglia UK
Posts: 1,898
View johnep's Photo Album My Photos
Very well done with the pic!
johnep
johnep is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 09-16-2019, 06:40 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Posts: 1
View Gavin HArris's Photo Album My Photos
The plywoods which make our buildings attractive from the outside are getting affected by termites. This is mostly because of the quality of the ply and the climate. But you have an option for it to exterminate the termites and the will do it with little damage and again will make it as an attractive one. Just call the termite controllers nearby you and they will look after the rest. As we are serving in AZ reach us for termite control phoenix az services.

Last edited by difalkner; 09-16-2019 at 07:31 AM. Reason: removed link
Gavin HArris is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 09-22-2019, 10:43 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Basehor, KS (West of Kansas City)
Posts: 71
View JamesTinKS's Photo Album My Photos
To clarify:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bluenote38 View Post
Btw - mix the Bleach 1T to 1 pint of water and Ammonia 3T to one pint of water
OR not "and"

Use either bleach OR ammonia. Mixing the 2 and you just might die. Or wish you had...

JamesTinKS
I am a professional amateur woodworker.
JamesTinKS is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old 09-22-2019, 03:28 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 390
View Larry Schweitzer's Photo Album My Photos
Forget the termite control salesman. They aren't termites! Bleach will do them in.
Lumber isn't stored in controlled environments, some times open sheds. Not good but done.
faith michel likes this.
Larry Schweitzer is offline  
post #11 of 13 Old 09-22-2019, 04:44 PM
Senior Member
 
Tony B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
Posts: 3,302
View Tony B's Photo Album My Photos
if you mix most dish detergents like DAWN and bleach, at best you will cause lung damage. At worse, it can kill you. It don't take much to knock you unconscious in a closed environment. You are creating something similar to a chlorine gas, but worse. I have seen it first hand and that is why I know it dont take much of a mix in a bucket to ruin your whole day.
JamesTinKS likes this.

Tony B



Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx
Tony B is online now  
post #12 of 13 Old 09-22-2019, 05:50 PM
Senior Member
 
faith michel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: izmir-TÜRKİYE
Posts: 436
View faith michel's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by radian23 View Post
I got my slr out and was able to get the following. I don't have a macro lense so this is about as good as I can get.
I show your pictures my friend... He is a zoologist at the university of the aegean ..
His answer...

I guess they are ANOBIUM...
Certainly they are not termite...

You have to take professional help than a company sir..

Sent from my SM-J700F using Tapatalk

SECOND CHANCE & SECOND LİFE
faith michel is offline  
post #13 of 13 Old 09-22-2019, 05:56 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Florida Panhandle
Posts: 11,732
View GeorgeC's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gavin HArris View Post
The plywoods which make our buildings attractive from the outside are getting affected by termites. This is mostly because of the quality of the ply and the climate. But you have an option for it to exterminate the termites and the will do it with little damage and again will make it as an attractive one. Just call the termite controllers nearby you and they will look after the rest. As we are serving in AZ reach us for termite control phoenix az services.

Weird post.


George
JamesTinKS likes this.
GeorgeC is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best blade for cutting only plywood? Danny870 General Woodworking Discussion 15 05-26-2018 10:55 AM
Mold! Defective Plywood?? TwoRails General Woodworking Discussion 5 04-13-2016 10:06 AM
Sealing plywood joins/gaps in a plywood sided shed gak1952 Design & Plans 8 12-17-2015 06:13 PM
Preventing Plywood Splits with CS Holes EPAIII General Woodworking Discussion 5 11-17-2015 07:09 AM
Repair and finish damaged plywood? bendb Wood Finishing 3 11-03-2015 03:03 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome