Jul 15, 2013 - 08:47 PM
Are you sure that they are Anobiid and not Lyctid Powder post beetles? The frass (sawdust) is either fine (lyctid) or coarse (anobiid). If you are seeing wood pellets, it could be drywood termites.
None of these pest in furniture are easily controlled. If the infestation is limited to a particular piece or section of wood, and if the wood can be sanded to remove stain, lacquer, paint, etc, then Bora Care can be applied to kill the beetles and prevent further infestation. Here is the link to BoraCare.
If you can treat inside the chest and get the Bora Care to penetrate to outside and under the lacquer or paint, then this might work.
If the infestation is greater than a single piece of wood, and if you are seeing more than 12 "exit" holes per square foot of wood, then fumigation is the only answer if you do not want to replace the chest.
Fumigation will kill all beetles, eggs, and larvae in the infested wood and other unseen areas. Fumigation of the chest in a chamber or trailer - which involves placing it inside a chamber and then fumigating it with a fumigant such as VIKANE (Restricted Use Product) is the best method.
You can't do this without a license, the proper tools and a 125lb bottle of Vikane which is so toxic, that breathing it for 1 second will kill you.
That's why it has to be done by a professional.
My advice? Get the piece out of your home, because these pests can potentially infest your house. Then decide whether to attempt to treat it, and if unsuccessful, still potentially infest your home, have it professionally fumigated (probably around $500 in most areas), or get rid of it (firewood).
Don't give it away. Giving it away would be like giving away a mattress full of bed bugs. That's not the right thing to do. :-)