If left unaddressed, termites cause massive damage to your home. This damage can even affect its structural integrity when severe, which poses a significant safety risk to you and your family.

According to Mississippi State University, there are many common signs of termite infestation that you can look out for to take the proper action. These signs apprise you of a new infestation, but they also clue you in that a previous infestation has returned after treatment.

Damage to painted walls and wallpaper

Termite damage on the surface of walls creates the appearance of sunken, winding lines. These are termite galleries, and they form as the insects eat through cardboard found on the underside of sheetrock. This causes sunken sections of walls but does not actually affect the outer surface.

Pellet piles on surfaces and floors

A species of termites create special holes in home fixtures to expel their waste. Drywood termites often leave distinct pellet piles, which can collect on flooring, countertops, and other flat areas. Pellets are sand-colored, have six sides, and are all generally the same shape and size.

Insects swarming around the home’s foundation

Termite swarmers typically appear outside the home before it is actually infested. Swarmers are most often found around the foundation, which can provide an entry point to them. Once the infestation has actually begun, you will notice mud tubes created along the foundation leading into the home.

Even a home inspection may not uncover evidence of an infestation. This poses a real issue when buying a new home, as you can still purchase a property with termite problems even after doing your due diligence.