powderpost beetles

Powderpost beetles

5935   I am from Hamilton Ontario my wife purchased a hand made wood hanging ornament ( made in India ) from Home Sense and after a few days of lying on top of our dresser we noticed fine wood grains on the floor and around the object ‎wondering what it was or what could do such a thing my wife  placed the wood item in 3 plastic bags and placed it in the freezer after a day the picture I am sending is what we saw come out of the wood not one but at least 5 or 6 of them there dead as you can see, but what is it?  And can they spread to other wood in our house?  Not sure when she purchased it could be around Christmas time of this year .  Thanks   Tom Cipriani

These are powderpost beetles of some kind; likely in the family Lyctidae, but their condition precludes further identification. Some species are quite capable of infesting other wood in homes; see http://tinyurl.com/n4ta2me for more detailed information on these and other wood-damaging insects.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.