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Top Noisy Insects: A Guide to Identifying and Dealing with Common Buzzing Creatures

Jun 19

Are you baffled by the buzzing coming from your garden? Have you wondered what kind of insect is making that noise? Well, don't worry! We’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most common noisy insects across Australia. From cicadas and crickets to bees and katydids, we’ll outline each insect’s characteristics and provide information on how to identify them. We’ll also explain ways to get rid of these pesky critters if they are making too much noise or causing your home any harm. So, don’t be put off by the buzzing! Read on for our guide to identifying and dealing with noisy insects.


Cicadas are often the loudest insects out there. Their noise is like a rattling song and can be heard from quite a distance away. Most cicadas are dull in colour and range from green to brown. They have long antennae and two pairs of wings that overlap in an X shape when closed. There are around 90 different species of cicada in Australia, the most recognisable being the double drummer. Although their loud noise can be very irritating, cicadas play an important role in the environment by providing food for other animals and pollinating plants.


If you have heard a gentle chirping sound coming from the bushes at night, it’s probably a cricket. Crickets are typically between 12-25 millimetres in length and have long antennae that help them to make their chirping noises. They are usually brown or black in colour and have a triangular-shaped head. These insects are most active during the night and prefer warm climates. The most common type of cricket found in Australia is the bush cricket, which is known for its loud chirp.


Bees are essential to our environment, as they help to pollinate flowers and crops. It’s impossible to miss their buzzing sound, which is usually quite loud and continuous. The most recognisable bee is the honey bee, which has a yellow and black striped body and yellow antennae. Other types of bees include bumble bees, carpenter bees, and leaf cutter bees. All bees are important pollinators and should be left unharmed whenever possible.


Flies may not be the loudest of the bunch, but they are certainly one of the most annoying! Their buzzing sound is persistent and can be heard from a great distance. Flies are generally very small in size, with a rounded body and four wings. They are usually black or grey in colour and have red eyes. The most common type of fly found in Australia is the house fly, which is particularly annoying in the summer months.


Beetles are another type of insect that makes a buzzing noise. The most recognisable beetle is the stag beetle. Stag beetles are usually dark brown or black in colour and have long, curved mandibles. They are usually quite large, ranging from 25-80 millimetres in length. The buzzing sound made by these beetles is actually created by rubbing their wings against their abdomen, creating a clicking or ticking sound.



Katydids are a type of bush cricket that is usually found in wooded areas. They make a loud, shrill noise at night and have long antennae and spiky legs. Katydids are usually green in colour and blend in well with the trees and bushes around them. They are also known as ‘singing insects’ as they produce a melodious sound when in groups.


Noisy insects can be incredibly irritating. But, with a little knowledge and understanding, you can learn to live with them. By understanding the differences between cicadas, crickets, bees, flies, beetles, and katydids, you can identify which type of insect is making the racket in your garden. If the noise is becoming unbearable, there are some steps you can take to reduce the volume of the racket. If the infestation is serious, it is best to contact a professional pest control service.