He would say that that is the tapping of a deathwatch.
"The Lock And Key Library" by Various
In the wainscot of the room a deathwatch ticked its doleful omen.
"The Golden Dog" by William Kirby
She knew dem dogs hadn't howled for nothing, nor them deathwatches ticked in the wall.
"Bad Hugh" by Mary Jane Holmes
Tiger Woods' sponsorship deathwatch .
Prophet recently conducted a spot survey of some 5,000 US consumers to see which brands they'd put on the deathwatch for anytime between now and 2015.
An infestation of deathwatch beetle.