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Bruce writes,

What should I do if I have ants that are not taking MaxForce FC Ant Bait Gel or Advance Ant Bait Granules?

The baits appear to have helped with larger, Carpenter Ants, but very small black ants do not seem to be attracted to it. I am again spraying periodic insecticides because there are so many small ones..


Be sure to never spray insecticides where you are placing baits. Most insecticides are somewhat repellent and will contaminate the bait causing bait avoidance. There are certain types of ants that do not readily accept baits because they make their own food. We recommend that you get the small ants identified to see if this may be your problem. You can contact an entomologist through your local cooperative extension office to get an insect identification. If you do have a species of ant that doesn't accept bait you can always use a product such as Termidor SC. Termidor SC is a non-repellent product that is picked up on the fine hairs of an ants body and then inadvertently spread through the ant colony by normal social interaction. Most people notice that the entire ant infestation is gone in 1-3 weeks. The only downside to Termidor SC is that it is an outdoor only product. If you need to treat indoors you can use Phantom. Phantom is a lot like the Termidor but it does take a little bit longer to see results and it can be used indoors.

Answer last updated on: 06/16/2011

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