What Do Termites Sound Like?

Find termites sooner by learning how they sound

Knowing what termites sound like can be the difference between detecting an infestation early and letting it go unabated for years. This is because termites are often hard to spot visually.


Termites destroy wood by eating away at it using a powerful set of mandibles.

As termites eat away at the wood of your home, they make a rustling noise.

This is the result of an entire colony moving and chewing on the wood inside your walls.

The closer termites tunnel to the surface of your wood, the louder this sound will be.


Termites make a clicking sound to communicate with the rest of the colony.

They do this by rapidly banging their heads against the timber. Generally, they do this in response to danger, to warn the rest of the colony.

While they cannot hear audible sounds, termites respond to the vibrations that are made by the banging.

Termites are so sensitive to vibration that they have been known to eat faster when heavy metal music is played near them.

To us humans, this head banging can be heard by us as a distinctive clicking coming from inside of our walls or timber.


Many people are not aware of this, but there are termites who possess wings.

These termites emerge from colonies that are overcrowded.

They fly around in swarms and look for new colonies to start. The flying ants of today will become the kings and queens of future colonies.

They are most common in the spring and summer months, when temperatures, humidity and rainfall are at their peak.

Homeowners often report hearing these flying termites produce a buzzing noise as they fly close by.

You are most likely to see or hear them after rainfall.

Hollow sound from wood

Termites chew through the wooden structures in your home from the inside.

As such, this hollows them out.

If you knock on the wooden wall of your home and hear a hollow-sounding or papery tone, this is a tell-tale sign that you have termites.

Unfortunately, hollow sounding wood likely means the termites have done significant damage.

If you hear this sound, you should contact a pest technician as soon as possible.

Have you found termites? Don’t disturb them!

If you think you might have termites, it’s very important not to disturb them! Termites are shy, elusive creatures that will find a new hiding spot when exposed. If you have accidentally exposed them, cover them back up and call a licensed pest inspector as soon as you can. They will be able to treat the termites and provide you with recommendations for prevention.

Contact us today

At Dedant, we provide quality annual timber pest inspectionstermite treatment and ongoing termite management solutions.

We have been servicing Brisbane, Redland Bay, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and Logan since 2009.

Contact us on 07 3807 0122 or via our website.



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