Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel

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Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel

It is highly recommended to ALSO use Advance 375A Ant Granular 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 Ant Bait Gel is effective against Argentine, Odorous House, Ghost, Pavement, Cornfield, and Little Black Ants. Ants will carry the bait back to the nest and destroy the colony. You will see fewer ants in 3-5 days. Maxforce Ant Bait Gel provides for the sugar feeding needs of ants. If the ants are foraging for protein as well, it is recommended that a protein-based bait be used in conjunction with the gel bait. Box of 4/ 27 gram tubes.

We provide 1 Plunger PER ORDER to expel the bait from the tubes. You can purchase extra plungers or you can purchase a bait gun for use with this product. We recommend using the Masterline Professional Bait Gun.  

Active Ingredient: Fipronil
Target pests: This product controls a broad spectrum of ants: Argentine, Ghost, little black, Odorous House, Pharaoh, Pavement and Honey.
For use in: Residential, Commericial, and Industrial Areas.
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.
Manufactured By: Bayer

Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel can be used in ant bait stations as show in this video:

How Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel Works

Maxforce Ant Killer Bait Gel with Fipronil takes advantage of the natural behavior of ants. Foraging worker ants are attracted to the sweet formula of the bait. After consuming the bait the foraging ants will return to the nest and share the bait with the rest of the colony, including the queen(s) in what is known as the Maxforce Domino Effect, effectively eliminating the colony. Maxforce Ant Killer Bait Gel offers a long term ant solution in a convenient easy to use application that begins to work in as little as six hours.

The active ingredient in Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel, Fipronil, is in the Phenylpyrazole family of insecticides and is used in many products when a delayed kill is desired, such as ant and roach baits. Fipronil disrupts the insect central nervous system, causing hyperexcitation of nerves and muscles. Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel is tough on ants, yet gentle on people, pets, and the environment. Mammals do not have the nervous system channels that are most affected by fipronil in insects. The high moisture content of the bait also increases its attractiveness to target ants.

Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel Target Pests

A wide variety of ants, including Argentine, Ghost, little black, Odorous House, Pharaoh, Pavement, and honey ants

PESTS CONTROLLED WITH MAXFORCE FC ANT BAIT GEL: Ants including Argentine, Pharaoh, Pavement, Honey, Acrobat, Odorous House, Thief, Big-headed, Cornfield, and Field

Target Uses

Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel can be used whenever listed ants are present and foraging for sweets. Bait is simple and convenient to use, and it is ideal in situations where sprays may not be desired. Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel lets the ants take the product to the colony for you, avoiding the guessing game of finding a nest.

Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel is effective against Argentine, Odorous House, Ghost, Pavement, and Little Black Ants. Ants will carry the bait back to the nest and destroy the colony. You will see fewer ants in 3-5 days. Maxforce Ant Gel provides for the sugar feeding needs of ants. If the ants are foraging for protein as well, it is recommended that a protein-based bait be used in conjunction with the gel bait.

ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Fipronil 0.001%

Application Instructions

Place small pea-size amounts near areas where ants trail or forage, or where they are entering the structure. The gel can be applied in cracks and crevices, on pipes, behind appliances, along baseboards, etc. Can be used both inside and outside. Be careful of children and pets. DO NOT apply residual insecticides or sprays near baits as this will prevent ants from taking the bait. Reapply gel as needed. Always read the label.

How do I apply Maxforce Ant Killer Bait Gel?

To apply, first shake the gel tube vigorously. Due to the high-moisture content, it is normal during storage for the syringe to contain a couple of grams of liquid. Simply shake the syringe before use to help even out the consistency. (During the summer months the gel may become more watery than normal, in which case you should place the tube in a refrigerator for 24 hours.)

Next, remove the cap and depress the plunger. If necessary, during the first few placements simply pull back slightly on the plunger to prevent over application.

Small pea sized placements should be made near ant trails or near areas where ants have been observed to forage.

Usually 3 placements will be sufficient for an average sized room with a light to moderate infestation, use more for larger areas or heavy infestations. Bait will remain effective for up to two weeks.

***NOTE-Do not disturb the natural behavior of trailing ants or foraging ants, placements should be made NEAR the ants not on them or in the middle of the trail. By disrupting their normal behavior, bait avoidance may occur.***

Each 27g tube of Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel will make approximately 27 bait placements. Each box of 4 tubes yields approximately 108 placements.

For use in the following areas:

Commercial, industrial and residential areas, including food and feed areas of food and feed handling establishments


See above for general application instructions. Apply bait directly into crack and crevices and where ants may travel, in areas such as between different elements of construction, openings leading into voids and hollow spaces, around plumbing pipes, cabinets, sinks, and stoves. Do not apply bait to areas where food or utensils may become contaminated or areas that are routinely washed, such as food preparation surfaces. Do not apply in areas where temperatures exceed 120 degrees F as bait may run.


Place gel outdoors into, on or adjacent to structures where you see ants, next to ant trails and suspected areas of ant activity. Likely locations for ants and gel placements are points of entry into structure and areas with potential water damage including: eaves, soffits, weep holes, where wires and pipes come into the building structure, trees, stumps, roots, wood decks, fences, planter boxes, woodpiles, landscaping, and railroad ties.

Extreme heat or cold, direct sunlight and water may reduce the residual effectiveness. Apply Gel outdoors into bait stations such as Ant Café Refillable Bait Stations to protect bait from dust, rain, and sunlight.  Inspect placements and reapply as needed. The gel will remain attractive to ants for up to two weeks. Inspect gel placements and reapply as needed. Reapply in the same area if bait is gone or in a different location if no ant activity is evident. You will notice fewer ants in days.

Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel Features

  • High moisture content makes bait more attractive.
  • Formulation is highly attractive to sweet-feeding ants.
  • Labeled for a wide variety of household ants.
  • Bait is easy and convenient to apply with enclosed plunger or a bait gun.
  • Bait remaining in an opened tube is viable for up to one year if stored properly.
  • Pet safe when used as directed.
  • Extremely low toxicity to people and pets.
  • Discreet application.

Extra Tips for Using Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel

  • Store out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. When exposed to higher temperatures (above 80 degrees F) for extended periods of time, the gel will change color and lose effectiveness.
  • It is more effective to use smaller, more frequent bait placements, rather than large chunks or a long line of gel.
  • Bait will dry up quickly if used on porous surfaces such as paper, concrete, or cardboard. Use a less porous surface such as bait plate stations, if needed.
  • Do not use bait in the same areas as residual repellent sprays or where there may be residue from harsh cleaning products.
  • Do not spray products on top of bait, as this may cause the bait to be less palatable.
  • Avoid bait placements in areas exposed to air currents, such as in front of vents, as this will cause the bait to dry out more quickly.
  • It is always recommended to use a protein bait, such as Maxforce Complete Granular Bait, in conjunction with a sweet bait such as Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel.

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  • 24 of 25 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Within 24 hours, no ants!
    By Sheree on July 21, 2007

    I had small black ants all over my kitchen counters. I put a smear of honey and peanut butter on foil in 2 corners of the counter that had the most ants. This would serve 2 purposes. It would tell me if the ants were going after protein (peanut butter) or carbohydrates (sugar), and it would cause the ants to create a trail. By creating a trail, I would know where they were coming from, and they would eat what was on the foil and not be all over my counter tops. I put the Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel next to the honey (they were not attracted to the peanut butter), and within 24 hours, no ants!

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  • 15 of 16 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Wish I'd found this sooner!
    By Brian on June 16, 2008

    I bought the combo MaxForce FC Ant Bait Gel and Advance ant bait products because of the good reviews and we had a carpenter ant problem that returned every summer. Other products were only somewhat effective at knocking down the population that would come into the house. After doing some detective work at night, I found the main nest in a large tree with a split in the trunk. I applied both products to the main nest and where they were coming into the house. The ants did not seem to be attracted to the Advance but were drawn like flies to the MaxForce. Apparently, carpenter ants go through cycles of taste preferences so I guess they are currently feeding on sweets. Within a couple of days, I started seeing hundreds of ants keeling over along the trail between the tree and the house. I should have ordered this stuff a few years ago instead of trying the more generally available products at the home centers.

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  • 15 of 16 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  It Worked!!!
    By Pam on July 1, 2009
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    MaxForce FC Ant Bait Gel got rid of the tiny black ants that have plagued us for years! We tried every one of the products available from Lowes and The Home Depot - nothing worked, not even temporarily. We didn't want exterminators spraying the whole house, and they would only guarantee their treatment for a short time. MaxForce knocked them out within a day. I only had to use a tiny bit of it. I can retreat for years with just one box. Great stuff, thanks!

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  • 11 of 13 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Really works!
    By Tom on April 19, 2009
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    I have tried everything under the sun (including Maxforce bait stations) to combat little black ants with only marginal success. With Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel, however, the results were almost immediate, and more significant, long lasting. The little beggars swarm to it as soon as I put it down, and within a day or two they disappear completely. If you hate these pests as much as I do, give this stuff a try.

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  • 10 of 11 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  The real deal
    By KH on October 3, 2008

    Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel is the real deal. I had what I believe were pharaoh ants. The gel and bait combo (Maxforce ant bait stations) wiped them out in about a week. Just follow the directions and recommendations and you'll be fine.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Very Good
    By Carol on December 2, 2014

    It really seems to be working. We had tons of ants under the house and now it's down a whole lot.

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  • 4 of 5 Stars  Ant bait gel
    By Jane on October 25, 2014

    I am still getting a few ants so maybe it has not been long enough to give a 5 star review. I have added more to extend the areas so am hoping this will work. I am a true believer in the max force bait especially for roaches. So will give the ant bait a while longer.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  It WORKS!
    By Sonya on October 21, 2014

    I put the gel out and fortunately I could see a trail of ants. Within seconds it looked like thousands of ants on the gel. I watched them as they fed and carried the bait through a crack. Once the last ant was gone...they were GONE the very same day! This product is fantastic!

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  IT REALLY WORKS
    By Kathy on October 5, 2014

    Had a problem with small black and brown ants the last couple of summers, this year they got much worse, tried everything, couldn't get rid of them, just would be back in a few days, BUT this did it!! Haven't seen any ants in weeks!! I keep the gel in the frig, so it doesn't get runny, and using the plunger with a syringe makes it easier to get in cracks or crevices.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel
    By Sarah on October 3, 2014

    This is the second time I have used this ant bait gel and it is terrific! My house is not insulated so the ants can wander in easily. They gobble it up and go away in an hour or so. This is a seasonal problem for me so I have to use it 2 times a year. Much less expensive and also less hassle than hiring an exterminator.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Ant Bait Gel
    By Rad on September 11, 2014

    The Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel worked very efficiently. It was used in conjunction with Advance 375A. I've been using the Advance 375 for years and years with great success. However my daughter came home from a 1 week vacation to find here home overrun with Odorous House Ants and the 375 that I'd given her helped a lot but she just couldn't seem to stop them. I then ordered the Gel, her home is now ant free. Great Product, I recommend it and will buy it again.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Finally a product that works!
    By Mitch on September 3, 2014

    We were having a major ant problem. The small reddish house ants. Our ant problem was so bad and have tried all solutions we could find. They were everywhere and I mean everywhere. Everyplac3e there was water and ANY dirty dishes or dropped food. Ant columns 3/4 inch wide crossing the carpet to get to whatever they found. We received the Maxforce within 2 days from ordering and I used old clean Smart Balance margarine containers with holes close to the lid and put Maxforce on the lid and set the containers upside down. Within 2 days all ants have left the house. I was totally excited on how this stuff worked and COMPLETELY SATISFIED especially after all the time and cost on other products. Five stars from us. PS Doesn't take much to do the job.

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    By Kathryn on August 31, 2014

    For the last few years, we have been having a problem with little black ants, we could never find the nest or nests and we have tried many things, We had gotten some Suspend SC from somewhere else, and it helped, BUT it just wouldn't get rid of them, so, after reading the reviews on your site, we ordered the Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel from you. If you refrigerate it several hours first, use as directed, and put it in places where you have seen their "highway" IT REALLY WORKS!! They must have gotten it back to the queen bee, as it has been a week or more since we have seen an ant in the house. My husband also put it anywhere he saw ant activity outside, ant hills, tree trunks cracks in foundation, deck ect. We also had some Suspend sc that he used out doors too, I can't say how happy we are about not seeing any ants, we were about ready to pull our hair out, now we are very happy campers!! Also the plunger and syringe that comes with this really helps get it into cracks ect, just made sure not to put it where it would get on food prep areas, or where our dog was able to reach. Again am so thankful, price was not bad either, Thank you so much!

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  • 4 of 5 Stars  ants clean up after themselves
    By Johnb on August 30, 2014

    product seems to work very well indoors, as directions state. Odorless factor most important in use around locations with sensitive persons, great!!

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  max force FC ant Bait,
    By Kevin on August 23, 2014

    very easy to use,workd extreamly well,im located on long Island New York

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March 22, 2010Mike asked:

QWhat ingredients are in the MaxForce FC Ant Bait Gel?

AMany of the MaxForce products, including the MaxForce FC Ant Gel, use Fipronil as the active ingredient.  Fipronil is a very safe, highly effective active ingredient used in many of our best selling products on our website.

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January 24, 2010K. asked:

QWhat is the shelf life of Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel?
I am using some of this Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel. I was given about a year or a year and a half ago. I am wondering if it is still powerful and does it expire?

AThe Maxforce line of Roach and Ant Gels can be stored for up to two years at room temperature if they are unopened.  Once the Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel is opened, it needs to be used within 1 year.  After 1 year, the gel will become stale and ineffective.

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May 2, 2013Marcus from Chicago asked:

QIs Maxforce Fc Ant Bait Gel safe around Cats and Dogs?

AWhen used as directed on the product label Maxforce FC Ant bait should not pose any problems for your pets. You should apply small dabs of gel directly into cracks and crevices that are inaccessible to your animals.

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April 16, 2010John asked:

QDoes Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel come with a plunger or something to push the gel out of the cartridge?

AYes. Every order of bait gel comes with one reusable plunger to advance the gel out of the syringe. Additional plungers can be purchase on our site in bags of 12.

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February 7, 2014Don from Ringgold, Ga asked:

QWe have what I think are pavement ants, very dark color and about 1/8 in. long.
We are seeing very small ants in our kitchen, on the counters and the floor. For the last several months we have had a local pest control company come spray the interior of the house each month, but we continue to see these small black ants. What is best way to treat this infestation -- we have no idea where they are getting into the house or if they are nesting somewhere in the house (or crawl space beneath the house.)

AFor complete ant control we would recommend a 2 part treatment plan. The first is to apply both a sugar based bait like Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel along with a protein based bait like Advance 375A Select Ant Bait Granules inside where ant activity is most prevelant. It is very important to use protein and sugar baits because ants are moody eaters and will forage after a specific nutrient based on what they are lacking nutritionally. If you only use one or the other then bait acceptance may take longer than normal because you would have to wait for their dietary requirements to change. Secondly, we recommend performing an outdoor perimeter treatment with a non repellant like Termidor. Chances are that the ants in your house actually have their nest outside where they travel back and forth for food and water. So, since they live outside, it makes sense to control them there. Termidor SC can be applied above ground to the exterior foundation walls of your house, creating a treated area of protection for excellent ant control. 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.

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October 14, 2013Jw from Martinsburg asked:

QHow many bait stations will four tubes of Maxforce Ant Bait Gel fill? How often do they need to be refilled?


In most cases you are not actually filling up a station with the gel. You will put a few drops in each station and replenish the stations as needed. How often you need to replenish the bait will depend on how large the ant population is in the treated area.

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December 2, 2012Brian from New Braunfels, Tx asked:

QCan I buy just one tube?
I don't think I need 4 tubes.

AMaxforce FC Ant Bait gel only comes in boxes of 4 tubes from the manufacturer. We apologize for any inconvenience!

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