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bores through wood making a ticking sound popularly thought to presage death

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She switched roles from advertising sales to the nitty gritty of rising damp and death watch beetles. Three years on and Liz, 46, from Grimsby, is a fully qualified damp and timber surveyor for nationwide experts Peter Cox.
It must be a relief for her to finally have a girlfriend to chat to - what with the Kings making her feel about as welcome as an infestation of death watch beetle.
In Coventry, Holy Trinity Church received pounds 16,000 to help search for infestations of death watch beetle responsible for extensive damage to wooden beams in the choir roof.
European beech can be susceptible to the death watch beetle. American beeches also have been bothered by a fungus which began in Nova Scotia.
A Staffordshire church - the only one built outside London by Sir Christopher Wren - has raised pounds 507,000 to repair a roof ravaged by death watch beetle.
The electrical system has been overhauled, with new heaters installed, and flaking plaster has been removed and death watch beetle eradi- cated.
His financial dealings have been creeping out of the woodwork with the tenacity of a death watch beetle.
Galloping death watch beetle, movement in an A-frame and huge sycamores that were too close for comfort had combined to hasten an imminent demise.
Finally, we realize that the "death watches," the death watch beetles in the wall, whose noise led to the narrator's "mortal terror" only make that sound when they are "calling for" sex.
You might have heard of powder post beetles, house longhorn beetles or even worse death watch beetles. But it's most unlikely that you'll find them in the North East.
They have slowly revealed and repaired the ancient structure, which had suffered badly at the hands of an army of death watch beetles hidden under a heavy layer of cement rendering.
She said: "You only have to lift up the edge of the roof and there are countless horrors - death watch beetles, dry rot and other things chomping away.
The church, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was closed for nearly four years by an infestation of death watch beetles.
Rentokil was formed in the 1920s after a university professor was asked to exterminate death watch beetles in a hall next to the Houses of Parliament.