Ascend Fire Ant Bait


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Ascend Fire Ant Bait

Homeowners and pest control operators are excited about the superior results delivered by Ascend Fire Ant Bait. Easy to apply granular bait may be applied directly from the 2 lb container or with a professional spreader.


  • Ascend Fire Ant Bait is highly attractive to red imported fire ants.
  • The active ingredient in Ascend Fire Ant Bait slows reproduction of fire ant egg production.
  • Registered for use in and around homes and commercial buildings.

How does the active ingredient Abamectin work to kill ants?

The active ingredient in Ascend is a stomach insecticide which acts to reduce ant workers. The bait is also passed by the workers throughout the ant colony and eventually to the queen. Ascend is toxic to ants; however, it is most effective against the ant queen and causes an immediate halt of egg production and disappearance of worker brood. The disappearance of worker ants leads to the decline and eventual elimination of the ant colony.

When should I apply Ascend Fire Ant Bait?

  • Apply when ants are actively foraging--typically when soil temperatures are greater than 60°F (15°C).
  • In cases where re-infestation occurs or when very large mounds remain active, re-treat as necessary.

How do I apply Ascend Fire Ant Bait?

OUTDOORS: Apply after dew or rainfall has dried for maximum effectiveness. For best results, do not apply if rainfall is anticipated within 4 to 6 hours after application.

  • Broadcast Application: Apply Ascend as evenly as possible to turf, lawns and noncrop areas at a rate of 1 lb. of bait per acre (0.4 oz. of bait per 1000 sq. ft. or 1.8 oz. of bait per 5000 sq. ft.).
  • Individual Mound Treatment: Use 5 to 7 tablespoons of Ascend per mound. Apply the bait as evenly as possible over the mound and for a distance of approximately 2 feet out from the base of the mound. Do not contaminate kitchen utensils with this product. LIMITATIONS: Do not use in pastures, rangeland,or croplands.

INDOORS: Do not use in the food/feed areas of food/feed handling establishments, restaurants or other areas where food is commercially prepared or processed. Do not use in serving areas while food is exposed or facility is in operation.

  • Locate Ant Activity: Follow ants back to voids. Apply bait to crevices or voids where ants are active. Use up to 5 tablespoons per treatment site in a heavily traveled area. Use less in areas with less activity or if the treatment site will not hold that much. Use a large Centrobulb Dusteror other appropriate application device to place bait in crevices or voids. Enlarging the void’s opening may be required. Repeat as necessary. Do not contaminate kitchen utensils with this product.
  • To Treat Plumbing Voids With Known Ant Activity: Obtain access to void and place up to 5 tablespoons inside the plumbing void. Place bait where it will remain dry. Repeat as necessary. Do not contaminate kitchen utensils with this product.
  • UTILITIES (such as above ground transformers, pedestal boxes, in-ground utility boxes, etc.): If fire ants are nesting or traveling inside utility boxes, place 5 to 7 tablespoons form lighter infestations or up to 2 1/2 oz. for heavy infestations on the ground or open floor area of box. Placement should be made so bait stays dry and does not contact any equipment.

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  • 6 of 6 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  This product works!
    By Dash in College Station, TX on 04/20/2012
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    We live in College Station, Texas where fire ants abound. The past 10 years we owned a home in the city and hired a pest control company to treat the yard every 3 months. Never had an ant problem. Recently we bought a home on 7 acres with a huge ant problem. Our pest control company does not treat such large acreage but gave us their secret. Ascend! I could not find the product locally and found in an online search. I called the 800 number and was very pleased with the service by an actual person. I feel comfortable with this company and will order online from now on. To spread the granules we used a small spreader attached to our riding mower and spread most of the acreage. A hand spreader works if you have a normal size yard. You do not have to cover every inch as the ants take the granules back to the queen. Within days the ants disappeared! We have 10 plus years experience now with this product and I highly recommend it.

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful:

    1 of 5 stars  Ascend Fire Ant Bait
    By Penny in Brandon, FL on 06/21/2010
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    This bait said it was good for other related ants (Pharoah Ants). I placed this product outdoors directly on my problem area and the ants seemed to walk over the bait and were not bothered by it. They did not eat it or cart it off into their nest. The bait stayed there for days before it rained and I still have my ant problem. It did not appear to work at all.

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Ascend Fire Ant Bait
    By Ron in Spicewood, TX on 10/01/2010
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    I have used this product for several years and it is the most effective product I have found. It works quickly and efficiently. I use it once every season and it takes care of my fire ant problems for the entire year. I delayed a bit in my annual treatment this year and, naturally, the fire ants started to take over my yard. Within 48 hours after application they were gone!

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  • 5 of 6 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  This stuff works for my black ant problem
    By Ilovedolls in MD on 05/10/2011
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    I live on an ant hill. I have had ants for the past 55 years. I have been using this product for the past 8 years. I sprinkle it around my house in the spring time and throughout the summer. I do not get ants coming in like I used to and even get through a whole summer without seeing them in the house. The only drawback to this product is that I have to reapply after it rains since water DEACTIVATES it. Still it is easier and more economical then using the bait traps. The ants just carry the pieces away, eat it and then die. Keeps the ants under control.

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Dispensing in the key
    By Erik in Jupiter,FL on 05/14/2012
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    I have used this product over the years and have noticed one thing. If you pile it too high and too close to the mound the fire ants will ignore it. Its better to spread it thinly around the mound maybe a 3 to 4 foot circle. The ants will find it and will bring it to the queen eventually, and it works.

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  so far so good
    By "d" in Florida on 05/22/2014
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    Time will tell. So far Asend fire ant bait has helped tremendously. I live next to empty lots in Florida so I think the ants come over to my yard and set up camp. I sprinkle some Asend on the mound and in a few days their gone, It doesn't appear that I'm just chasing them around the yard like when I used Amdro. However I did broadcast when I first noticed them foraging. I have a lot of Wild birds in my yard and I did catch them pecking around the broadcast. The young lady at do my own told me the birds wouldn't eat it that they wouldn't like the way it smelled. I found out that birds don't have a very good sense of smell and they appeared to want to eat it. I moved my bird bath to where I wasn't broadcasting to keep them away from the product which helped a lot I also put some wild bird seed there to attract them to the area . Avermectin is known not to be toxic to birds and they even use Ivermectin for certain parasitic infections in birds. But I'm sure they could overdose. I guess its better than any other ant bait in that respect. I'm trying to avoid using a contact insecticide but still may have to if the situation progresses.

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Best I've used.
    By in Dothan, AL on 06/23/2013

    After one use I almost eliminated every mound in my yard. This is the best fire ant bait I've used and I have tried many.

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    2 of 5 stars  Not all that impressed
    By Eric in Alachua on 08/25/2012
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    Not really better than the stuff I get at Lowes that is 1/3 the price. Some fire ant beds thrived after treatment and others died away. Same ole same ole trying to figure out how to win the war against fire ants. I will keep trying with this stuff since I bought it, but I don't hold out much hope.

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  Fire ant elimination
    By V. in Dayton, Texas on 09/24/2014
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    I have used this product south of the Dallas area and now East of Houston. I have had excellent results with completely eliminating the colony..using a small amount

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10/14/2011 Connie from Puna, Big Island Of Hawaii

QIs Ascend Fire Ant Bait chemical free? Is Ascend non-toxic to people and pets?
I'm searching for non-chemical, natural, not toxic to humans/pets solution for fire ants. Is Ascend? (We've recently been invaded by LFA, & the whole island is searching for product that's effective & non-chemical, non-toxic. I really hope I've found it in Ascend!)

AEvery single insecticide has some level of toxicity and some type of chemical, even all natural or organic products. If there is absolutely no toxicity in the product there is no way to kill the ants. Ascend Fire Ant Bait does contain Abamectin which is usually categorized in the "lower risk" group of insecticides. This means that when used as directed on the product label Ascend Bait Granules pose a much lower toxic risk to non-target animals than other ant bait granules. We recommend you take a few moments to read the Ascend Fire Ant Bait product label as well as the MSDS to see if this product will fit your needs.

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03/11/2010 Jerry

QHow long will Ascend Fire Ant Bait last? Is there a money back warranty?

AAscend Fire Ant Bait should be used within 5 months of opening the container.  Once you apply the product, you should repeat application as necessary.  It will all depend on how many mounds you have and how much activity there is.  There is not a money back guarantee, but all of our products are professional grade and our used by professional companies.

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06/02/2013 Mike from Ozark, Al

Qre these granuals small enough to be used in Ants-No-More bait stations?

AThe Ascend Fire Ant Bait granules are small enough to be used in the Ant-No-More bait stations. Keep in mind unless you are using the bait in a garden area or a pasture area where having it in a station is needed, most fire ant baits including Ascend work much better as a broadcast application .

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04/30/2014 Debbie from Cape Coral Fl

QI would like to use the Asend fire ant bait on my lawn.
I have a Scotts Turf Builder Edge Guard Mini and a Scotts Handy Green II. My lot is 120ft by 80ft. with a big old house and pool in the center so I do not have an acre. I was just wondering the setting for the edge guard if you know. I could treat the imported red fire ant mounds individually but I would rather broadcast. I'd rather not have to find a mound by stepping on it like I have been doing.

AYou can most definately broadcast the Ascend Fire Ant Bait. When used as a broadcast it should be applied at a rate of 0.4 oz per 1,000 square feet or 1.8 oz per 5,000 square feet. At this very minute application rate it can be very difficult to use a spreader of any type. We recommend contacting Scott's for a setting recommendation for this application rate or sprinkle the bait using a teaspoon or tablespoon. Be sure not to reuse the utincils for food after using with the Ascend Fire Ant Bait.

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