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Scott writes,

Can you use MaxForce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel in the yard?

Would this product help with carpenter ant mounds in my yard? I have used a Home Depot product and the ants simply close shop on one mound and open another. The reviews are encouraging, but most folks experience problems in their home. I have not seen carpenter ants in my home in some time, but in the yard, all over.


Our first question for you is are you sure they are carpenter ants?  Carpenter ants are not mound building ants like other ants are.  They typically nest in wood or insulation that has had moisture damage, or in trees, stumps, and other natural places.  They are not known to build mounds, at least it is not very common.  What you are describing sounds like fire ants which can sometimes be confused for carpenter ants.  It is important to properly identify them because they require different treatments.  If they are carpenter ants outside, the best treatment is the Advance Carpenter Ant Bait Granules.  You can spot treat nests or broadcast the granule over the yard. The MaxForce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel is really meant more for indoors and will dry out quickly outside and not last very long.  If it is fire ants that you are dealing with you should use Extinguish Plus Fire Ant Bait.

Answer last updated on: 05/20/2011

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