One of the most common questions when Baiting Termites
When Baiting Termites either in the ground inside a Termite Mansion or in a Sachet of Queen Killer, sometimes there appears a layer of dry mud both on the walls of inner chamber of Termite Mansion/ Sachet of Queen Killer and over the Queen Killer Bait.
This appearance of mud is quite common depending on species of termite and is a very normal occurrence when baiting termites. Schedorhinotermes sp. in particular commonly cover bait in mud but seldom more than a few millimeters. Not that we recommend it but if you stop adding fresh bait they will remove the mud after all the bait is eaten.
The current scientific opinion is that anything more than 0.6 lux of light affects termite behaviour. Both our Termite Mansion and Queen Killer Sachet are in normal conditions, inhibitive to light more than what is required.
When installing the Queen Killer sachet it is easy to crease it which does let in a bit of extra light. When installing inside this will never be a problem. However if installing Queen Killer sachet outside in direct light it is a good practice to cover over the sachet once installed with some aluminium foil or similar.
When installing the Termite Mansion in direct sunlight and after termites have been found in the inner chamber, it is good practice to cover the whole Termite Mansion with a damp cloth between baiting termites visits. This will not just prevent excess light entering the baiting chamber but also keep it nice and cool.
Also remember that over servicing during baiting (more frequently than every 2 weeks) will also encourage the depositing of excess mud.
In addition this excess mudding can occur if either the inner chamber lid (clear) of Termite Mansion is not clipped down properly OR the zip lock closure of the Queen Killer sachet is not sealed properly between baiting visits.