8 Deadliest Ant Baits 2022 Complete Guide
Which Ant Baits Are the Deadliest?
Advion Ant Gel Bait
Manufacturer: Syngenta | Active Ingredient: Indoxacarb .05%
Dupont Advion Ant Gel Bait is a translucent, odorless, sugar-based ant gel bait designed to be attractive and effective against all major ant species. Its slightly delayed action kill allows for total colony elimination through a methodical exposure via feeding and grooming.
Maxforce Complete Granular Insect Bait
Manufacturer: Bayer Environmental | Active Ingredient: Hydramethylnon 1.0%
For larger ant species such as the Big Headed Ant, Imported Fire Ant, Harverster Ant, and Carpenter Ant, Maxforce Complete Granular Bait may deliver an effectiveness that is second to none. In addition to be highly effective against several other ant species, such as the Acrobat Ant, Argentine Ant, and Crazy Ant, Maxforce Complete Granular Insect Bait also control additional pests such as cockroaches, crickets, silverfish, and earwigs, making it the most diverse, multi-faceted ant bait on our list of 8 Deadliest Ant Baits of 2019.
Optigard Ant Gel Bait
Manufacturer: Syngenta | Active Ingredient: Thiamethoxam .01%
Through the active ingredient Thiamethoxam, Optigard Ant Gel Bait provides a powerful knockdown of a broad spectrum of ants, with an overall effectiveness on par with Advion Ant Gel Bait. Unlike many other syringe-based ant gel bait products, Optigard tubes comes with a built-in applicator tip, providing for ease of application. Like Advion, Optigard has proven highly effective against ants such as White Footed Ants, Ghost Ants, and many others, but was inched out by Advion on our list primarily due the differences in formulation consistency. Optigard tends to disperse in a chunkier, less easy to control manner without the same targeted application controls and versatility that Advion exhibits.
Manufacturer: Bayer Environmental | Active Ingredient: Imidacloprid .03%
Maxforce Quantum Ant Gel Bait is a clear, odorless gel bait scientifically formulated to retain moisture and remain attractive to a broad spectrum of ants for up to 3 months at a time. It's high level of attractiveness ensures rapid acceptance of the bait which quickly sets the baiting process in motion. Maxforce Quantum is Pest Control Everything's 4th Deadliest Ant Bait of 2019.
Maxforce FC Ant Killer Gel Bait
Manufacturer: Bayer Environmental | Active Ingredient: Fipronil
Maxforce FC Killer Ant Gel Bait is a carbohydrate-rich ant gel bait that capitalizes on a process called trophallaxis whereby ants consume the bait and then feed it to other members of their colony, creating a domino effect towards total colony elimination. Fipronil has been used in pest control products since 1996, and has become widely used in topical pet care products, termiticides, turf products, and agriculture products. In insects, it is lethal by both contact and ingestion, and works by blocking certain chloride channels in the central nervous system resulting in excessive neuronal stimulation and ultimately death.
Terro Liquid Ant Baits
Manufacturer: Terro | Active Ingredient: Borax 5.4%
Terro offers a full line of indoor and outdoor ant bait products with relative effectiveness against several different ant species. They've made it onto our list of 8 deadliest ant bait products in large part due to their ease of acquisition and ease of use with a friendly pricing structure. Terro ant baits can be purchased at many convenient stores, grocery stores, and hardware stores, making them among the most commonly used ant bait products on the market. One of the downsides to the ease of use is the fact that effective ant control generally isn't as easy as randomly placing ant bait stations anywhere and everywhere ants may be seen. Because improper bait placements can actually worsen an ant problem in some instances, the ease of use afforded by Terro shouldn't be a replacement for learning how to effectively bait for ants. Additionally, in most situations, ant baiting is most effective working from the outside in.
Advance 375A Select Granular Ant Bait
Manufacturer: Whitemire Micro-Gen | Active Ingredient: Abamectin B .011%
ADVANCE 375A Select Granular Ant Bait is a ready-to-use ant bait for use in controlling numorous ants both indoors and outdoors. This bait formulation combines a mixture of foods and the delayed action insecticide, Abamectin. This insecticide acts to reduce the population of worker ants and can cause an immediate halt in egg production resulting in colony elimination. As with all ant bait products, it is best to avoid use of other insecticides or sprays on or near this product.
Extinguish Plus Granular Fire Ant Bait
Manufacturer: Wellmark International | Active Ingredient: Hydramethylnon .365%
Per the product label, "EXTINGUISH® PLUS bait is highly attractive to imported and native fire ants and other ants. Worker ants carry the bait into the mound as food for the colony. The ants will then begin feeding the bait to the rest of the colony. They eat it and feed it to the queen.EXTINGUISH® PLUS bait is a unique product containing a slow acting insecticide and an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR). This two-way action ensures complete control of fire ants. The IGR prevents rebound of the colony, while the insecticide ensures rapid demise of the colony. EXTINGUISH® PLUS bait will start to kill ants after they feed on the bait. The colony will begin to decline in about a week, after the bait has been brought back to the mound. The mound is destroyed when the queen dies." The comparatively low ranking of 8 is a result of the fact that this bait is only effective against a small selection of target ant species, and will be ineffective against many commonly encountered ant species.