Infested Wood

posted Jan 18, 2017, 6:18 AM by Ryan Quinn
Popular rustic log furniture could harbor exotic insect pests, state officials warn, so they're asking consumers to be on the lookout, both for their own protection and that of Wisconsin's forests. 

There were two incidents in 2016 of imported 'rustic' furniture being infested with insects. 

In both cases, the furniture was imported from China, and the insects were wood-boring beetles native to China.

If these insects were to escape into the environment, they could pose a real threat to our forests, crops and wood products industries, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. 

Buyers generally found and reported the infestations when they noticed sawdust around the furniture.