The Indoor Carpenter Ant Kit contains professional pest control products to control carpenter ants found inside structures. This kit has two baits containing different formulations and active ingredients to increase bait acceptance and efficacy. Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel has a high moisture content and sweet bait matrix with the active ingredient fipronil, while the Maxforce Complete Granular Bait contains a protein bait matrix and the active ingredient Abamectin. The Indoor Carpenter Ant Kit also contains bait plate stations that allow you to apply and monitor both baits simultaneously. Finally, the kit contains Temprid Ready Spray, a ready-to-use version of the popular Temprid SC that contains two active ingredients for both initial knockdown and residual non-repellent activity. Temprid Ready Spray continues to work long after it is dry to help prevent future infestations, too.
Although the products in this kit are labeled to control of many species of ants, we suggest you identifythe ants you find indoors to assist in choosing the best kit for your situation. See all of our Ant Control Kits here.
Before applying any insecticides, it is important to inspect and to prepare the treatment area. Practice good sanitation by eliminating food and water sources that may compete with the baits you are about to apply. Also find ways to seal up and eliminate access points into the structure. These steps will help not only to treat an existing infestation, but also to prevent future problems. Once you have identified the hot spots where ants are entering or trailing indoors, you are ready to use the products in your Indoor Carpenter Ant Kit.
If you need to treat carpenter ants outdoors, you have several different options for treatments. See our Carpenter Ant Treatment Article for more details and product recommendations.
How to Apply the Indoor Ant Kit
STEP 1 - BAIT - Bait Plate Stations, Advance Carpenter Ant Granular Bait, Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel
*Handle bait stations with clean, dry hands or wear gloves. Avoid handling bait with bare hands as this may make baits less attractive to the ants.
*Your kit includes a set of 12 bait station bases, 12 lids, and 12 glue dots. Pull apart the stacks to separate the components. Each base is a tray with two ridged channels so that you can use two different baits in each bait plate station.
*To apply the Maxforce Complete Granular Bait, first unscrew the top to remove the seal under the cap. Then flip open the “spoon” side of the cap and use a dedicated or disposable tool such as a plastic spoon to scoop a small amount of the bait granules into each station. Use 0.5 oz. (1 Tablespoon) of bait in one side only of each bait plate station you plan to set out. (Keep the other channel empty for the gel bait.)
*Be sure to store bait in a cool, dry place with the lid securely closed.
*Maxforce Complete Granular Bait can be applied outdoors as a broadcast, perimeter, or colony treatment. Apply when the ground is dry and rain is not expected for at least 24 hours. See the product label for complete outdoor application instructions.
*To apply the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel, first gently unscrew the solid black tip of the tube you would like to use. Replace this tip with one of the clear, reusable tips included with your kit. Use either a bait gun or the included plastic plunger to gently expel the gel from the tube, similar to using a syringe. (You may need to pull back gently on the plunger to prevent over-application.) Place a spot of bait about the size of a pea in the other side of each bait plate stations you plan to use.
*When you are done applying the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel, replace the clear plastic tip with the black solid tip to store bait.
*After you have filled your bait plate station trays, snap a lid onto each one by lining up the U-shaped tab and the round tab with the corresponding parts in the tray. Gently press the edges of the lid until it is firmly snapped into the tray, being careful not to tilt the trays, which may cause granule bait to spill. You can remove the perforated tab on the lid to allow ants easier access to the baits.
*You should place bait in areas where ant activity has been noticed. It is important to avoid purposefully putting the bait in the middle of an ant trail or onto the ants themselves: this will make the ants avoid the bait and make the baiting ineffective. Instead, put the bait near ant activity or next to ant trails. Some examples of places where the bait can be placed are:
In kitchen cabinets and on counter tops.
Behind, next to, and under the stove.
Near sinks or drains
Around pipes, cords, and cables that come out of the wall.
Behind and under bathroom fixtures.
Around the medicine cabinet and vanity.
*You should check the bait placements once a week and replenish as needed until ant activity has ceased. Be sure to continue reapplying bait as long as the ants accept it!
*Store baits in a dry, temperate area, out of direct sunlight. Baits are best used within a year of opening.
*Advance Carpenter Ant Granules can be applied outdoors as a broadcast, perimeter, or colony treatment. Apply when the ground is dry and rain is not expected for at least 24 hours. See the product label for complete outdoor application instructions.
*Bait stations may be wiped clean and washed with warm water for reuse later. Do not use fragrant cleaners, as this may make future bait applications unattractive.
STEP 2 - SPRAY - Temprid Ready Spray
Temprid Ready Spray is a ready-to-use spray that has two active ingredients to provide both quick knockdown and lasting residual control. The second non-repellent active ingredient will have effects similar to those of your ant baits. Although this may take a little more time to start killing colonies, it is a great companion and backup for when ants may not be actively foraging for food. Temprid also helps to keep new colonies of ants and many other pests from invading the structure.
*Always shake Temprid Ready Spray well before use.
*Temprid Ready Spray can be used with the wide spray nozzle or with the included black nozzle and crack and crevice straw. We recommend applying Temprid Ready Spray with the straw to make more detailed applications. If you have trouble inserting the straw, you may need a pair of needle-nosed pliers to force the straw into the nozzle. (Be sure to do this while the tip is off the can.)
*Temprid Ready Spray uses bag-on-valve technology for no VOC exposure, 360 degree application, reduced waste, and a powerful 10-12 foot reach. Hold the can 12 to 18 inches from the target surface.
*Apply Temprid Ready Spray to cracks and crevices where ants are likely to enter the structure or to trail, such as around window frames and door frames, where pipes and other utilities enter the structure, in corners, under appliances, and in any other spots where ants may have access into the structure. Avoid spraying areas where baits are or will be placed.
*Keep other people and pets out of the treatment area until the spray has dried.
*Temprid Ready Spray is water-based and will not damage or stain surfaces where water alone causes no damage.
*Do not spray Temprid Ready Spray or other insecticides directly on top of bait placements or in the same spot where you plan to apply baits.
*Temprid Ready Spray may be reapplied if needed, but wait at least 7 to 10 Days between applications.
Carpenter ants showed up again at our house. It seemed a small infection. I decided to give it a go myself. Used this kit. The ants seemed to be traveling along the right side of my entrance door. I set up some of granule bait out there and a few locations in the house. Then put some of the gel up and down the side of the entrance way. WOW! Did they go for that stuff. I watched one any stop and check it out. An hour later, it seemed like half colony was out there chomping down on it. This went on for about 24 hours. I added gel occasionally and used almost one whole tube. A day later, I never saw another ant. Literally I haven't seen an ant in the house or anywhere around my entrance. Stuff worked so well, I wasn't almost skeptical. I think it eradicated the entire colony - which I suspect was living in the roof/eve area of my house. Worked great. I have plenty left for the future. I would recommend this kit.
Rapidly took care of our indoor carpenter ant problem. The first day, the bait stations attracted oodles of ants - so many that it was hard to just watch them feed without spraying to get rid of them. By nightfall they were gone. We reloaded the baits, but the ants did not retun the next day and 2 weeks later, we haven't seen anymore. Thank you for solving a problem that was making us crazy!
Moved into a new home and there were carpenter ants mostly at the front of the home. I think it was moisture as the hose reel had most likely been dripping. Put the granules out along the front and front porch and inside on the window sills. The gel went in mostly the same places except on the inside I put it everywhere that was safe(we have a dog). Seemed to help but didn't really solve the problem. Plus its really hard to watch the ants eat and not swat them.
We would recommend our most popular carpenter ant control product which is our Carpenter Ant Kit . The Carpenter Ant Kit #2 with Dominion 2L provides the best carpenter ant control available. For serious carpenter ant problems, nothing does the job better adding a product such as Dominion 2L to your arsenal. Dominion is a sprayable liquid bait that makes up to 48 gallons of solution (enough to provide several years of outdoor protection) and can be sprayed around the outside of your home to provide a long-lasting barrier against carpenter ants and other ant species. Ants pick up the Dominion 2L on their bodies and spread it to other ants, eventually eliminating the entire colony. This kit also includes Advance carpenter ant bait for outdoor control/indoor control and Maxforce carpenter ant bait gel for indoor control. The Advance Carpenter Ant Bait is great for sprinkling in a 2 foot barrier around the outside of your home to provide a food source that outside ants are looking for. It can also be applied around wood piles, trees, stumps, or other areas of harborage. Advance Carpenter ant bait can also be used indoors in bait plate stations. The Maxforce Carpenter ant bait is for indoor control only and should be placed where you see ant activity inside. The ants will eat the bait and take it back to the nest spreading it around to the other colony members. You will need apressurized garden pump sprayer to apply the Dominion 2L.
How does Indoor Carpenter Ant Kit compare to Combat ant products?
Is this a higher grade insecticide than Combat. which costs less. Im looking to kill black carpenter ants.
Our Indoor Carpenter Ant Kit has commercial grade products in it. So it would definitely be a step above anything you could purchase in a big box store or most likely locally. This kit give you everything needed to combat a carpenter ant infestation. We have a great Carpenter Ant Treatment Guide here with additional tips.
What can I use for carpenter ant treatment in outdoor/indoor chimney chase?
I have carpenter ants in a wooden chimney chase and have seen them in other parts of the house. I don't know exactly where the nest is located. The chase has water leak in the top surface where the flue exits and it will be fixed to seal the leak. What treatment would you recommend? Can I start the treatment before I fix the leak?
Since you can't use a spray directly in any part of the chimney, we would recommend using our Indoor Carpenter Ant Control Kit. It comes with baits that you can put in bait stations to elminate the ants with a poisonous food source that meets both of their colonies nutritional needs. Then it also comes with Phantom aerosol than can be used in areas in the home where you see the ants and in crevices that you cant or dont want to bait in as the phantom acts as a transfer like the baits.
How do I use the dot stickers for the bait stations that come in the Indoor Carpenter Ant Kit?
What is the purpose of these dots?
The dot stickers that come with the Bait Plate Stations in the Indoor Carpenter Ant Kit are for when you want to place the stations up high or on a vertical surface. You put the sticky dot on the back (bottom) of the station and then place the station where you want it to stick.