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Roberta from Bokeelia Fl writes

How long until all the ants in the nest are killed when using Maxforce Fleet Ant Bait Gel?

This product works but I treated the Florida carpenter ants with Maxforce Fleet Ant Bait Gel about a month ago and still get up each morning to a lot of dead ants on the floor. I also am still seeing slow moving live ants. I tried treating again and they won’t touch the bait now. Should I try something else?

Answer:

Ant colonies can be very large and it is also possible you are dealing with more than one colony. If the ants are not accepting the bait at this point it could be because their nutritional needs have changed. I would recommend treating with Phantom. Phantom Aerosol would be a good choice for ant control indoors. Phantom is a non-repellent insecticide that has a delayed reaction which allows ants time to get back to the colony and spread the product. In essence, the ants will not be able to tell that the product is in place and they will pick it up on the fine hairs all over their body and inadvertently carry it back to the colony where over a course of a few days it will knock out the entire colony. Phantom works really well because you don't have to worry about whether the ants will all take the bait, they just need to walk over the treated areas. Phantom should be applied around baseboards, door frames, window frames and places where utilities (cables, pipes and wires) enter through the wall as these are the most likely places for the ants to enter/exit.

Answer last updated on: 03/28/2021

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