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The Pest Detectives: The Definitive Guide to Rentokil by Rob Gray

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Woodworm at Gatcombe

Even so, the business was picking up some noteworthy work. There was woodworm and rising damp treatment for Princess Anne’s new home, Gatcombe Park, and a major heritage preservation project to save the roof vault at York Minster from collapse. Just as with Westminster Hall in the days of Maxwell-Lefroy, the culprit was deathwatch beetle. Grubs had caused serious damage to 31 of the 68 bosses studding the south transept ceiling. In addition to conventional spraying, timbers that were structurally sound enough were treated by driving small plastic injector tubes into them. This allowed for a special preservative to be pumped under pressure deep into the wood. Another of the UK’s most famous and historic buildings, Banqueting ...

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