What Sounds Do Termites Make?

termite and termite larva

You are probably aware that termites are a big problem in the United States, and that Hawaii has all of the most destructive species of termite. There is also a good chance that you are aware that termites can completely total a home here in Hawaii. Wouldn't it be nice if they made a lot of noise while they were doing it? If you hired a team of construction workers to destroy your house, you'd know for sure your home was getting wrecked. You'd hear banging, shouting, snapping, sawing, and more. But, termites aren't nearly as obvious. 

If your home was being destroyed by woodpeckers, you'd know it. You'd hear the rap-tap-tapping of their beaks on the wood of your home. They aren't quiet at all when they are searching for bugs in your walls. 

If carpenter bees are boring holes up into the wood of your home, and weakening the stairs in the back of your house, you're not going to miss them buzzing around in the air. They are pretty annoying. But, that is actually a good thing. All of that annoying buzzing lets you know your home is under attack. And hopefully, you fix the problem before something gives out. 

If you have a wood-chewing rodent in your walls, you should be glad they bump and thump around in there. And, while it is not hygienic to find droppings in the backs of your drawers, cabinets, and food shelves, those little pellets are an important warning sign that your home--and possibly electrical wiring--is being damaged. 

Termites are called silent destroyers for a reason. You could have a million termites feeding on the walls of your home and never know it. But, that doesn't mean that they don't make a sound. If you put your ear to a wall that termites are feeding in, you should be able to hear them. One of the ways termites communicate with each other is by banging their tiny heads on tunnel walls. While you're not likely to hear a single termite making this noise, several termites banging their heads makes enough noise that you can detect it. 

What does it sound like when termites bang their heads on tunnel walls? It sounds a little bit like tiny clicks, or rattles. But, it is important to understand that they aren't prone to making this noise. Most of the time they are completely silent. It is only when they are disturbed or feel threatened that you'll start to hear clicking. 

Another sound termites make is actually not a sound the insects make themselves but a sound that is connected to an infestation. Did that make sense? If you have a termite infestation in your walls, window sills, or support beams, those wooden structures should make a distinct sound when you tap on them. Termites chew tunnels through wood--lots and lots of tunnels. This will cause sound pieces of wood to sound hollow when you tap on them. The more solid a piece of wood should be, the more obvious this hollow sound will be. 

Most of the time, termites don't make a peep. They silently feed in the safety of their closed environment, unaffected, and un-threatened, by the world around them. It is only when danger is perceived that they make their clicking noise. That is why it is vital to have a certified pest control company inspect and monitor for termites on your property. Professionals are educated in the habits and habitats of termites, and trained in pest protocols developed by experts in the industry. They know where to look and what to look for. 

There are also pest protocols that help professionals easily detect the presence of termites in the soil around a structure before they are able to cause property damage. At Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions we trust the Sentricon System to provide ongoing monitoring and protection against subterranean termites of all species. Subterranean termites are the most destructive termites in the United States, and Sentricon has 15 years of real-world success protecting properties from these silent destroyers. 

If you'd like to learn more about the Sentricon System, or any of the other industry-leading, and eco-friendly solutions we employ, reach out to us. We'd be happy to guide you through the process and get your protection in place before these wood-destroying insects eat away at your equity.