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Fahim writes,

What 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?


There 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.

Answer last updated on: 06/06/2011

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