It is highly recommended to also use Advance Carpenter Ant Granule Bait which is a protein bait. You should always give ants a choice as they may be in the mood for either a protein (granule) or a sugar (gel) bait.
Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel uses a high moisture content to attract carpenter ants. Provides fast control in 3-5 days. Maxforce gel uses a delayed action kill so the bait is passed throughout the carpenter ant colony. Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel provides for the sweet diet of carpenter ants and therefore works well when used in conjunction with a protein-based bait as well such as Advanced Carpenter Ant Bait. Each order will contain 1 plunger no matter how many tubes of gel you purchase. If you buy a case and you are re-selling the product or dividing it, you should purchase additional plungers here.
|Active Ingredient:||Fipronil 0.001%|
|Target pests:||Carpenter Ant|
|Application:||Apply gel in spots in cracks and crevices. For best results, place many spots of dabs of gel where you see ants foraging and entering the structure. The gel will stay attractive to ants for up to two weeks. Inspect gel placement and reapply as needed.|
|Yield:||27 gram tube yields 27 spots of bait.|
Active Ingredient: Fipronil - .001%
DESCRIPTION:Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel uses a high moisture content to attract carpenter ants. Provides fast control in 3-5 days. Maxforce gel uses a delayed action kill so the bait is passed throughout the carpenter ant colony. Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel provides for the sweet diet of carpenter ants and therefore works well when used in conjunction with a protein-based product such as Advance 375A Carpenter Ant Bait.
USE: Apply dabs of gel in cracks and crevices, and anywhere you see carpenter ants foraging and/or entering the structure. Can be placed in corners of cabinets and drawers, around pipes, etc. Do not place gel where insecticides have been sprayed. This will cause the gel to be unattractive to the ants. Carpenter ants are most active between 10pm-4am. It may be necessary to look for activity during these times to know where to effectively place Maxforce gel. Always read the label!
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23 of 27 people found this review helpful:
You won't be disappointed
By Ryan on August 9, 2007
This stuff ROCKS!! I killed like 5-10 ants a DAY by hand until I freaked and bought the Maxforce Carpenter Ant gel tube. Carpenter ants are super-finicky, but Thursday I started applying it. They sucked it right out of the tube (must be tasty!). Within a day ants were walking around like they were drunk. I kept feeding them the bait and within 3 days queen ants were walking around drunk and dying. And now this is day 7, I havent seen any ants today, except the ones I poisoned outside (die ants, DIE!). This stuff has been a savior. It cost $500 for an exterminator. I bought the granules too, as well as some junk from Home Depot. It helped, but MAXFORCE did the trick. You won't be disappointed.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful:
Worked great; highly recommended
By Jim on May 26, 2010
My wife and I just bought our "dream house," only to discover a major carpenter ant infestation (which our pest inspector didn't detect). They swarmed on the first warm day; were all over our upstairs, in our infant and toddler's rooms, traveling through AC ducts. I ordered the Maxforce Gel Bait, along with Drione Dust, and Suspend SC. After reading some of the "how to" info associated with this site, and watching some YouTube videos, I did a little "hunting" at 2:00 AM, and found the ants' "trail." There were literally hundreds, if not thousands, of ants going between my house and the nearby woods. I tracked them between a rotting pine log, and a gap under my wood siding. The ant activity died down the next day, but picked up again to full strength by 10:00 PM the next night. That's when I started feeding them the Maxforce gel. In total, I feed them 2 tubes in one night. I put quarter-sized drops every 5-7 inches, on the rocks along the path. (I made sure my cats and dog were kept inside.) The ants LOVED it. It was amazing to me how they swarmed the drops. Each drop would get about 20-30 ants forming a circle around it, eating up the bait. I had to go out every couple of hours to give them more (they ate the drops clean). The next night, I tried to feed them some more, but they were not nearly as interested. Wonder why? Surely they can't "learn" that quickly. In any case, two days later, my wife notices that 50 or so dead ants had fallen out of the AC vent in our bedroom ceiling. I cut into the dead log, and found hundreds of dead ants. There were dead ants along the "trail." Two days later, no more ant activity has been observed. Now I'm going to use the Drione dust in the cracks/voids, and spray Suspend SC around my house/foundation. BTW - I was super impressed with the customer service and support at DoMyOwnPestControl.com - it was definitely a pleasure doing business with these folks.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful:
An efficient bait.
By Kathy on April 16, 2007
I just received my order yesterday. This morning I decided to put out the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel along a beam that I have seen the ants use as a 'trail'. I know they are more active in the evening/night, but wanted to get it out there. There were two ants scouting around when I put it out at about 10:00 AM. Literally 10-15 minutes later there were about 20 ants at the bait. An hour later there were at least a hundred ants, and 2-3 different types of workers! I was amazed as it was daytime and only about 47 degrees! Talk about an efficient bait. I placed some of the advance carpenter bait granules near the place, and closer to where I suspect a nest. I guess I'll just sit back and wait. If they work as good as they attract, we ought to be ant free in a short while! Thanks for your great product offering that's not in stores around here.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful:
It definitely works
By Scott on July 1, 2009
I fooled around with sprays outside and the granules. I had carpenter ants on my deck outside and they were coming inside and built a nest in a wall. All the other poisons just slow them down, but they always come back. I put a few drops of Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel outside and within minutes they were all eating it. Now I just have to wait and see if it kills them. So far, so good. If you have carpenter ants, don't even waste your money on anything else. Nothing else is going to do the job.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful:
Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel
By Bob on May 28, 2010
I purchased the Maxforce on May 18, 2010. Put the gel in many different places where the carpenter ants were traveling and watched them everyday for five days (5-10 ants at a time). The ants would not touch the gel. They would go near it and go right around. Not happy at all with product. Had to give it one star, would not allow 0.
So far so good..
By Jason on May 22, 2013
I had tried a few different walmart brand ant control ideas for Carpenter ants that didn't work. So I finally went to an exterminator who said he would do it for $300-$400! Fortunately a co-worker was an ex-exterminator and had told me about domyownpestcontrol.com. So I came looking. I was a little hesitant because of some of the reviews about ants ignoring maxforce but most of the reviews were positive. I figured for $22.50, what could it hurt. Well today I put out the gel and just went back out to check after the sun went down. We'll see in a few days if they all succumb to the feast of death :) to be continued...
Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel
By Herb on April 29, 2013
Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait... worked perfect! Be patient, takes time but did the job 100%. I had ant nests in the attic of a mobile home, zero access. I cut a hole in a closet ceiling and set jar lids there with bait. The ants took it to their nests. Also set two lids outside on the patio (behind pots so dog could not lick). Little trick: Put some water in the lid with the bait, the ants go a long way to get water and bait so.. give it to them!! Pretty soon you will see big black ants wobbling around and others curled up and dead. If you want to get rid of your carpenter ant problem this IS the answer! Written by whpower
Ignored by Ants
By Disapointed on April 25, 2013
I ordered this product because the honey/boric acid mix I was using was hard to mix to the correct proportions. I.e, if too weak it didn't kill them, if too strong it killed them before they could get it back to the nest. I used Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel in conjuction with Advance Carpenter Ant Bait as recommended. Baits have been out for two weeks. Ants have totally ignored both baits. I just went back to the honey/boric acid and have mixed varying concentrations hoping that some will get back to the nest. The ants attacked the honey mix within two hours. If it doesn't work, at least it is much cheaper than the $100 I spent on these baits.
By Gene2home on April 23, 2013
The first time I used this stuff, I had already sprayed for ants so the bait was ineffective. This time I waited them out. I found their paths, laid the bait (inside tubes along the baseboard, to make it less conspicuous in my home) and had to tell everyone "don't kill the ants let them eat"! Note: this stuff dries up in a few days so you need to keep reapplying. They came out of everywhere to eat this stuff! Well its has been three weeks and although I still see one or two every now and then, their population inside the home is greatly diminished. I will keep up the battle until they are all gone!
carpenter ant bait
By Sherry on April 14, 2013
very happy with this product..have used it before...it works thx just a note...we really wish u could ship yellowjacket bait products into new york state.... thx
By Thomas on April 8, 2013
I started seeing carpenter ants 3 years ago in kitchen,they were coming from behind dishwasher,which incidentally I had to rebuild this exterior wall 7 years ago due to termites,this year I figured I better address the problem or I would be rebuilding this wall again.Even though it was 40 deg's f. In march they were already coming out . At first 1 or 2 and then within a week it increased to about 30 a day I was killing, after research maxforce was the product I used. I set the gel ,where they would come out.And replenished the gel as needed,because they love the stuff .The next day they were still eating away at the gel,the 3rd day I noticed only 1 or 2 eating and a few straglers walking about. 4th day no ants anywhere ,today it is 60 degs. And no ants.I am starting to feel confident this stuff really works.
Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel Worked Great.
By Mike on March 29, 2013
I was a little skeptical at the great reviews this product got but needed something special for Carpenter ants since the sweet base stuff you buy at Home Depot didn't work. We saw a few scout carpenter in a bedroom but never could tell if they were part of a large nest or just an occasional ant. I put the Maxforce in smalll beads near a crack in the window seal and along the baseboard because we weren't sure where they were coming from. Within hours the window seal was crawling with them and they were feasting on the gel. A lot of them died and dropped to the floor. I assume the others went back to their nest and infected the others. Bottom line: after 3 days we haven't seen another carpenter ant even though I put out more gel. This product is expensive given the small amount of gel you get in one tube. But it certainly works as advertised.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful:
Finally no ants seen!
By Ron on March 6, 2013
Last spring we had a swarm of winged Carpenter Ants in our bedroom. Each day more and more appeared and they covered the windows in our bath and bedroom. The only thing I could do was use my shopvac to "take em down". I bought an ant bait at Lowe's and called the number on the back pf the package and was told by the woman that "Yes, it would work on Carpenter ants". Not one ant seemed to go for the bait. I bought the combo Kit of the gel and solid bait and bait stations and placed them in the rooms where we were seeing the foraging ants. I had to coax some ants into the traps and saw that they went totally to the gel bait and not the solid. But after this, I didn't see the expected swarming around any bait stations. So one night I stayed up late and after about 2 hours finally found where they were coming out of the ceiling and I used the syringe to squirt some of the gel bait into the hole. The next day, in broad daylight, there were hundreds of ant on the wall where I had applied the bait, more than we had ever seen before. Then by the next day, it looked like the grim reaper really clobbered them as only 3-4 were seen. This was followed by two days were only one ant, each day, was seen. Today, not one sign of them. I will continue to put the gel into the hole for another week just to be sure. So in my case, the bait stations didn't seem to do the trick. I had to find the entry place where the ants were coming from the nest and apply the bait there in order to have them take the bait. So I hope that we don't have a swarm of them in the spring and we finally have done them in.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful:
Great product, Poor directions, Questionable design.
By K. on November 21, 2012
I shook and refrigerated the gel for 24 hours before using the first time. The second time I used it I turned the point up, and liquid spilled out the back, all over my hand. After that I kept the tube horizontal at all times and kept it in the refrig. The gel blobs do dry out quickly, but it really does kill carpenter ants. It's been two weeks today, and the ants keep coming, but much fewer than before. I've used one tube and plan to order another. I'd have given five stars, but I thought the tube design and directions should have been more explicit.
NO more ants
By Eileen on October 3, 2012
It worked, no more ants. They were in our pop-up camper and we tried many store bought products and the ants kept coming back. This time, no more ants!
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March 26, 2012Bobby asked:
Qwhat is the difference between: Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel and Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel
Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel VS. Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel, they both have the same active ingredient. so what is the difference between the 2?
AThe Maxforce FC Carpenter Ant Bait Gel has a different bait matrix than the Maxforce FC Ant bait gel to make it more appealing to carpenter ants. The manufacturer felt it was necessary to make a separate product specifically for carpenter ants because this species of ant can be so picky.
May 7, 2010Vicki asked:
QIs the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel safe to use in a room that a toddler plays in?
I find the most ants in my sons playroom. He is 13 months old. Is the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel safe to use in that room if he can't get to the bait directly?
AAbsolutely. Gel baits are preferred in situations where children are involved such as schools or day cares because it has a very low toxicity and it can be placed out of reach. If the bait is placed out of reach then there will be no issues with your baby being in the room.
August 25, 2010Vi asked:
QDoes the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel have a contact toxicity at later date?
I have ants in a bedroom wall (just above the top wood frame). If this gel is applied to that area, what problems might occur (ex: toxicity to a person in the future) when handling the wood to clean that area, putting up curtains, etc? Is there a time frame in which it becomes inactive (like sprays do)? Also, food is eaten in that room does the gel pose any health threat?
AMaxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel will not pose any threat to food or people eating the food in a room where the gel has been applied. Simply contacting a small dab of the gel should not pose any type of health risk at all. If you would like to limit any contact or exposure, you can place the bait into a bait plate station instead of out in the open area on a wall.
June 9, 2011Rj asked:
QThe MaxForce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel I received is a dark brown color. Is this correct?
I followed the directions and refrigerated for 24+ hours prior to use.
AAccording to the manufacturer, the MaxForce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel can vary in color from amber to dark brown depending on the batch. Be sure to shake the tube well so that the gel packets will evenly disburse throughout the liquid.
August 15, 2011Chris from Wappingers Falls, Ny asked:
QMaxforce carpenter ant outside - in a covered container?
I live in NY, so of course many of the more effective carpenter ant controls are not allowed here. I ordered "Maxforce" from you guys which seems to be a good solution -- but at least one of the ant colonies I have is under my driveway outside my house. I plan on making my own bait traps out of plastic containers with lids, upside down and with entrance doors cut out for the ants to get to the pesticide. Do you think that would be a good idea, and keep the Maxforce from drying out too quickly?
AUsing the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel in a bait station is a good plan. This will help protect the bait from the elements but still keep it available to the ants.
May 25, 2010Ann asked:
QSince it's toxic to birds, do I have to worry about my free-range poultry possibly eating "contaminated" ants?
AThere should be no issues or effect on your chickens that may eat some ants. The amount of active ingredient in the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Gel is so small there have never been any issues with secondary poisoning.
June 6, 2011Fahim asked:
QWhat is the difference between a consumer strength product and a professional strength?
I was reading your article on Fipronil and you refer to MaxForce as professional strength and Combat as consumer strength. What is the difference? I have some carpenter ants in my house and I think I found the nest because there is some frass on the floor. It is in the unfinished basement and they seem to be on top of the wall where the concrete meets the wood. I used some Combat and they took the bait. Is this strong enough or do I need professional strength?
AThere are proprietary formulation differences between the consumer baits and the professional baits. The manufacturers do not share the specific differences with anyone. In many cases there is more of the active ingredient in the professional bait vs the consumer bait. In other cases the base or attractants are made of higher quality materials and therefore attract more ants in the professional baits. Only time will tell if the consumer strength product was able to do the job for you. If you still see activity after 3 weeks you may want to upgrade to the professional strength products.
September 23, 2011John from Grants Pass Ore asked:
QI have carpenter ants big time. They are on every floor of my home. How can I use baits with Suspend?
I have drenched areas and seen 1000s die in each spot, it's like detective work. Traced one trail over 200 yards down the street to a creek, one from my doug fir pine tree. They were climbing up and going across a branch and into attic. My nests in my home seem to be on one wall but on every floor, now that Suspend has been sprayed into walls and such, where do I put these gel bait and Advance granules to be best served. I read all your testimonials and ?'s and I have them all beat on the infestation magnitude. I first spotted them 5 years ago and treated a little but they beat me.
AWe recommend that you use Termidor SC for the carpenter ants infestation instead of using the Suspend SC. Suspend SC works great to kill the ants that make direct contact with treated surfaces but it does not get back to the ants at the main colony. Termidor is unique because ants not directly exposed to the Termidor-treated area will be controlled as they come into contact with affected ants. This Transfer Effect means you'll see its effects on ants in one to three days, and most species will be controlled within the first week following the treatment. You can use the Advance Carpenter Ant Bait Granules and the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel directly in cracks and crevices indoors to help get rid of the ants, and you can sprinkle the granules outside where ever you have noticed activity. If you decide to keep treating with the Suspend SC, you must make sure you are not applying the baits in the same exact areas where you have sprayed the Suspend SC. This would contaminate the bait and the ants would avoid it. Be sure to trim back any tree branches or bushes that are touching or hanging over your home to avoid having ants walking around treated areas.
May 20, 2011Scott asked:
QCan 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.
AOur 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.
September 14, 2011Cris from Madison, Wi asked:
QHow toxic is the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bail Gel?
Do I need to keep my child out of the room for a certain time with the ant baits. Do I need to use special equipment while handling this?
AMaxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel is in a gel formulation which means that it is a not an airborne product and no one is required to leave the area being treated for any length of time. Be sure to follow the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel product label and apply the bait gel directly into cracks and crevices or place it in a bait station to avoid accidental ingestion by children or non-target animals. This product comes in a syringe tube and will at no time require you to handle the product directly, so special equipment is not needed.