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Hearing Strange Noises? Wood-Boring Insects May Be The Culprit
Recently, a friend of mine sent me some information about wood-boring insects It started out with some research about churches in England, and some other information came up about what is causing the damage to these buildings that have been around for centuries..buildings that have a lot of wood in their structure. It's called the "death watch" beetle..and an ugly little critter it is!

They also make sounds when they are chewing or boring through the wood. When all is quiet, they can make sounds like scraping. This could be perceived as a noise that has no source, which may in turn be perceived as paranormal.

This particular type of beetle seems to be fairly indigenous to the UK, however there are other wood boring beetles and a host of other insects which chew wood and structures of buildings..termites, carpenter bees, etc. They all make sounds when they are doing so. It is certainly something to keep in mind when investigating a client's claims of strange noises, especially those heard when the house is quiet.

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” ~Philip K. Dick

Those bugs can make a helluva racket in the dead silence of the night. I had a friend who lived in a timber framed house down in the Cotswolds and he said those
little critters kept him awake all night sometimes.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence
It is amazing the sounds an insect can make. We have a wood covered tension wire for a utility pole in our backyard. A few years back a family of carpenter bees decided to make it their home. I could hear them boring 20' away. They were loud. Unfortunately, I had to evict them Smile
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
One of our team members mentioned carpenter bees when they were taking down a wooden playground structure. He said the humming was loud even during the day with other noises, and he could definitely see where if all was quiet, that sound would have the potential to get misinterpreted.
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” ~Philip K. Dick

I have the opposite experience of this. What I thought was animals may turn out to not be.

For 19 years I lived in my childhood home, but in June I moved in with my next door neighbour to rent her spare bedroom from her as my dad sold the house and moved away for work.

The bedroom that was mine in my old house, is the back bedroom, the same as the house I moved into now. It's only a wall separating those two rooms.
In the old house, i'd constantly hear scratching coming from within the walls. In my new room, which remember is only separated by a wall, I hear nothing.
I used to put it down to the birds that nest in the attic, but surely i'd hear them in both houses as it's the same wall that was making the noise?

Something I put down to being animals/wildlife seemingly isn't that.
"If you have ghosts, you have everything".

Hi scarygirl67,
Thanks for your post on wood boring bugs. I am really being pestered these days by an persistent scratchy noise coming from my bed. There are no other visible signs of infestation and the bug is surely a master in stealth. I cannot spot it. The usual pest repellant too is not working on it. I guess from your post that surely you have got my culprit right-on! I wonder how to get rid of it.

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