You should clean out all of the Advance Termite Bait Stations completely and replace the wood base at least every 12 months, or once a year. Depending on where you live and the climate and amount of rain, you may need to replace the wood base more often. If the wood bases become very soggy and moldy then you should replace them.
The lid on the Advance Termite Bait Station is removed with a Spider Access Tool. Please look at pictures 12 and 13 on page 4 of the Advance Termite Bait Station Guide. These pictures illustrate what it looks like when termites have started invading the bait station. Once an infestation has been identified, the plastic inspection cartridge would need to be changed to an Advance Termite Bait Cartridge. Both the wood monitoring base and the plastic inspection cartridge should be changed every 12 months and the wood should be changed more often if it becomes very soggy or moldy. Please watch our Advance Termite Bait Station video for some great tips for using the Advance Termite Bait Station System.
You would not want to use a shovel when applying an Advance Termite Bait Station. To dig holes for the stations, use a 2 ¾ in. hand or electric auger or post hole digger.
If the Inspection Cartridge in the Advance Termite Bait Station is empty upon inspection that means that termites have eaten the entire contents of the cartridge and it was not monitored frequently enough to catch the activity and replace with a bait cartridge to kill them off. The stations should be checked quarterly for any activity.
You should clean out all of the Advance Termite Bait Stations completely and replace the wood base at least every 12 months, or once a year. Depending on where you live and the climate and amount of rain, you may need to replace the wood base more often. If the wood bases become very soggy and moldy then you should replace them. It sounds like the bait may need to be replaced all together and the station wiped out. We are not aware of a specific product used for this.
Yes and No. It depends on what kind of mold it is. The company that makes the Advanced Termite Bait System has put out a training guide for quality assurance that addresses when you should replace the wood or cartridges based on what they look like and what color the mold or fungus is. From the guide: In general, replace the TIC if the tablets have:
•Pink mold present
•Veins of pink run throughout the TIC
•Tablets appears to be slimy or glistening like gelatin
•It has been in the ground for 15 months
Do not replace TICs if the tablets:
•Appear to be swollen or enlarged
•Have black or green colored mold on their surfaces
Here is a link to the guide for you to read further: http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/msds/advance-termite-bait-system-quality-assurance-brochure-opt.pdf