I am a sceptic when it comes to spending money, but given the size of my carpenter ant problem I took a chance and ordered the gel and granular bait. It was the positive and detailed reviews that convinced me to order and I'm glad I did. As a tip of the cap to those that took the time and wrote their stories before me, I promised myself that I would return their kindness and tell my own story, for good or bad. Here's my story: Given the long range (up to 100 yards) that carpenter ants will forage I had largely ignored for years the several ants walking around on our deck, and the occasional springtime 2-3 a day we would find in our house. While doing a deck repair on what I thought was rotten wood in my gazebo, I found my first nest of around 2,000 in my gazebo wall (which was only 15 from my kitchen!). I couldn't believe that such a large nest would show so little in terms of workers foraging. After that I went to work tearing out all of what I thought was rotten wood finding 4 other satellite nests of similar size and 4 additional queens (I do all my own carpentry work, and estimate my out of pocket just to replace the cedar they destroyed will be over $2,000 - I cant imaging the bill if I had to hire someone). It should be noted that twice a year for 3 years we had hired a professional exterminator to spray our deck for carpenter ants, and clearly all he had done is cash my checks. He tried, it just didn't work. I traced the ants back to the northwest corner of my yard, an old oak tree, where my battle stopped as I'm not sure the neighbor would appreciate me traipsing (i.e.- trespassing) through his back yard digging through his old wood and junk piles (yes, he's a cranky slob) to finish what I had started. My only real choice was baiting in hopes the ants would take the poison back to their nest in my neighbors yard and thus keep them from just repopulating my deck at their next flight/nest split. I found trails leading to an area by an old oak tree where I could see 20-30 foraging ants at any time in a small area (it was like grand central station for carpenter ants). I placed both the Advanced granular and Maxforce Gel near their trails and watched them begin to hit on the baits within 2-3 minutes with about 75% consistency (3 out of 4 ants took the bait they came across). Oddly, I needed both baits as the ants coming from the west only wanted the granular protein based bait, and the ones coming from the north only wanted the sugary gel. I checked several times, and it was kind of comical watching the ants as they would take the bait and then "ant-sprint" for their nest like they had stolen something. Little did they know! The next day ant activity was reduced 75% (yes, it seemed to work that fast) but the remaining foragers still were hitting the bait (west ants wanted protein, north still sugar). Also, I observed that several of the ants I did see seemed to be shaking at times like they had Parkinson's disease (FYI-two flies that seemed to like the granular bait also were shaking tonight, so clearly this crosses into other insect populations). Today was day two and in roughly 30 minutes of inspection I saw ONE ant. ONE! It's like the ant rapture has occurred. I have spent hundreds of dollars on exterminators and over the counter products, all for nothing. This stuff is the proverbial "ant bomb!" If I'd found it earlier, I would be thousands of repair dollars richer.
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