After hatching, larvae bore deep into tough, central heartwood of a tree, consequently destroying it from the inside. Trees such as oak, maple, hickory and ash are popular sites for larval infestation.
Because they can compromise the integrity of the wood as they tunnel through it, Ivory Marked Beetles may become a nuisance to the lumber industry. Some of the wood the larvae enter is still usable and since their presence may not be detected during construction, adult beetles can emerge from finished woodwork years after it was built or installed. Sometimes the wood they bore into is destined to become firewood so adults have been seen inside homes by customers who bought the seasoned wood fuel.