Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel

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Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel
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Product Overview

Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel kills roaches by ingestion and contact, and spreads from roach to roach through the Domino Effect of Fipronil. Maxforce FC Select will kill even the most bait adverse and finicky roaches. With the broadest label available, the best bait acceptance, and virtual population elimination, it is no wonder Maxforce Roach Killer Gels are some of the most popular roach baits among professionals. Each box comes with 4 x 30 gram tubes, plunger and tips.

You can purchase extra plungers or you can purchase a bait gun for use with this product. We recommend using the Masterline Professional Bait Gun.

See our entire selection of roach bait products for additional options.

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Features and Specs

Active Ingredient Fipronil 0.01%
Target pests American, Brown Banded, German, Oriental and Smoky Brown Roaches
For use in Commercial, Industrial and Residential: Indoors & Outdoors
Food & Feed areas: Restaurants, Food Processing Plants, Supermarkets, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Motels, Hotels, Apartment Buildings, Bakeries, Beverage Plants, Breweries, Bottling Facilities, Candy Plants, Canneries, Cereal Processing and Manufacturing Plants, Dairies and Dairy Processing Plants, Schools, Laboratories, Sewers, Aircraft, Buses, Boats & Ships, Trains, Homes, Industrial Buildings, Office Buildings, Kennels, Kitchens, Stores, Wineries, Warehouses, Meat Processing and Packaging Plants, Pet Shops and Zoos
Non-Food & Non-Feed areas: Bedrooms, Living Rooms, Bathrooms, Closets, Garbage Rooms, Lavatories, Offices, Machine Rooms, Boiler Rooms, Garages and Storage areas
Application Keep tightly capped and use within 2 years
Do Not Spray or Use Heavy Detergents or Cleaners near Bait (Do Not Use in Very Dusty Areas
Gel will dry out and get a dry skin on top but roaches will still eat it up to a year
However, if contaminated or gone, reapply
Pet safe Yes, if used as directed on Label
Yield Good IPM program does rotate baits (bait with different active ingredient) as roaches may not be attracted to the bait matrix of what is being used anymore
Formulation Professional Product
Shelf Life Keep tightly capped and use within 2 Years
Shipping Weight 0.47 lbs
Manufacturer Envu (Formerly Bayer) (Mfg. Number: 79434820)
EPA Registration 432-1259


How Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel Works

Maxforce FC Select combines a unique, highly attractive bait matrix with the power of Fipronil. The active ingredient Fipronil is in the Phenylpyrazole family of insecticides and is used in many products when a delayed kill is desired, such as ant and roach baits. Fipronil disrupts the insect central nervous system, causing hyperexcitation of nerves and muscles.

Maxforce's exclusive Domino Effect delayed killing action enables one contaminated roach to kill many others where they live and breed. A foraging roach will receive a lethal dose from a single feeding, but lives long enough to return to the harborage where its poisoned feces are consumed by other roaches. Maxforce FC Select has better bait acceptance compared with many other baits, among normal and bait averse roaches, and it even works where other food sources may be available. Either way, the Domino Effect works through ingestion and through contact in hard-to-reach and inaccessible areas.

Target Pests

Most common cockroaches, bait averse German Roaches

PESTS CONTROLLED: Cockroaches including American Roaches, Oriental Roaches, Brown Roaches, Smoky Brown Roaches, German Roaches

Target Uses of Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel

Maxforce FC Select can be used for virtually any roach infestation, even in sensitive areas. Because of its newer bait matrix, Maxforce FC Select is a good choice for bait averse roaches or as one bait among many in a long-term bait rotation, such as in apartments, restaurants, or similar areas highly susceptible to reinfestations.


Application Instructions

Use Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel as a spot or crack and crevice treatment indoors and/or as a crack and crevice treatment outdoors adjacent to structures. Application rate is dependent on level of infestation and species to be controlled; see application rate table.

Apply bait as a spot or as a bead in cracks and crevices. The lower application rate should be used for low to moderate infestations or re-treatments, and the higher rate for more severe infestations or where the population occurs in inaccessible areas. Gel placements should be at or near harborages or aggregation areas, such as corners, or cracks and crevices. Numerous smaller placements will provide faster control than fewer larger spots, especially for German cockroach control.

Place bait under baseboards, sinks, countertops, seats, around water pipes, water heaters, dishwasher equipment, in cracks and crevices as well as voids where insects harbor.

Pest population reduction will be apparent within 2 or 3 days for German roaches and 8 days for American roaches.

Prior to using, gel may need to be shaken well if any separation has occurred. Unscrew the black cap (or break off the tip) and replace with included open tip. After use, replace the black cap before storage.

Each box of 4 x 30 g tubes will yield approximately 120 bait placements.

Standard Application Rates:

  • 1-2 spots (dime sized) or 1.5” – 3” bead: Moderate infestations or re-treats for German or Brown-banded roaches
  • 2-4 spots (quarter-sized) or 3” - 6” bead: Severe or heavy infestations
  • 1/3” to ½” spots: Large roaches such as American, Smokey-brown or Oriental

For use in the following areas:

Indoors and outdoors (adjacent to structures) in residential areas and the non-food/non-feed areas of institutional, warehousing and commercial establishments, including warehouses, restaurants, food processing plants, supermarkets, hospitals, nursing homes, motels, hotels, apartment buildings, bakeries, beverage plants, breweries, bottling facilities, candy plants, canneries, cereal processing and manufacturing plants, dairies and dairy product processing plants, frozen food plants, schools, laboratories, computer facilities, sewers, aircraft, buses, boats/ships, trains, homes, houses, industrial buildings, office buildings, kennels, kitchens, manufacturing facilities, spice plants, stores, wineries, mausoleums, meat processing and packaging plants, meat and vegetable canneries, pet shops and zoos. Non-food/non-feed areas include bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, closets, media rooms, garbage rooms, lavatories, entries, vestibules, offices, locker rooms, machine rooms, boiler rooms, garages, mop closets and storage (after canning or bottling); food/feed areas of food/feed handling establishments


See our Indoor Roach Control Guide for images of placement examples. Below is a general placement guide for Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel. Exact placements should be based on a complete monitoring and inspection.

Kitchen Placements

  • Drawers: Alongside the interior of the door frame
  • Cupboards: Underneath selected cupboards where frame meets wall
  • Counter: Underneath counter where sink is located
  • Fume Hood: Along the inside rear corner of hood (ensure no gel will drip onto stove top)

Bathroom Placements

  • Sink: Upward angle into the overflow drain
  • Condensation Surfaces: Places where condensation can build up such as the tops of doorframes and medicine cabinets, and alongside decorations

Other Rooms

  • Interior piping: Around all exposed interior pipe channels (such as hot water heater inlet)

Food Handling Establishments:

Treatment is limited to crack and crevice treatment only. Place applicator tip 1/2 inch into cracks, crevices, holes and other small openings where roaches may be a problem. Apply small amounts of gel per spot. Do not apply bait to areas where food/feed, utensils or processing surfaces may become contaminated. Do not apply bait to areas that are routinely washed such as cracks and crevices in tops of tables, food/feed preparation and prepared food holding surfaces as bait may be removed by washing. Apply bait in small amounts between different elements of construction, between equipment and floors, openings leading into voids and hollow spaces in floors, walls, ceilings, equipment legs and bases, around plumbing pipes, doors and windows, behind and under refrigerators, cabinets, sinks, closets, stoves and other equipment where cockroaches hide. Inspect bait placements and reapply as necessary.


Place bait in areas adjacent to structures where roaches may nest or breed. Apply bait to potential points of insect entry, such as eaves, sills, and expansion joints. Apply bait in protected areas whenever possible. Environmental stresses such as direct sunlight and water will reduce the residual effectiveness. Priority treatment areas may be identified by visual inspection of such areas listed above or aided by trapping techniques or spot flushing.

Bait can also be applied in refillable bait stations every 20 to 30 feet around the perimeter of the structure. Use approx. 2 stations per side of a typical single family home. Do not exceed 2-4 spots (3”-6” bead) per station. Do not exceed up to 1 tsp. per station. For best results, place stations near: air conditioning units, water faucets, foundation vents and weep holes, decks, utility entryways (e.g. electrical, cable TV) and wherever cockroaches are frequently found. Regularly inspect and replace bait as needed.

Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel Features

  • Best overall bait acceptance (kills finicky and normal roaches).
  • Works even where sanitation is poor and other food is available.
  • Fast control of even large roaches.
  • New bait gel retains moisture content.
  • Labeled for both indoor and outdoor use, including commercial kitchens.
  • Sticks to vertical surfaces for flexible, easy application.
  • Stable over a wide temperature rage.

Extra Tips

  • Use within 2 years of purchase. Use a tube within 1 year of opening.
  • Apply bait away from air currents to prevent drying. Avoid placement on paper, cardboard, or other porous surfaces such as unsealed concrete.
  • Do not use sprays, heavy detergents or cleaners near baits as this can make baits less attractive.
  • Do not apply bait to areas where the temperature exceeds 130 degrees F as bait may run.
  • May stain textiles and clothing.
  • Sanitation should always be the top priority when treating for roaches! Read all the bullets under step 1 on our roach control page to learn more about how to get rid of roaches using sanitation.
  • Good programs rotate baits to avoid resistance. Change baits every few months or alternate with different bait (and different active ingredients) for best results.
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  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Great product

    By Brian on 10/15/2010

    Verified Purchase

    I was a bit desperate after a long, hot and dry summer turned our house into a swingers' pad for roaches. The night that I saw ten roaches in the mud room, I knew it was time to do something since the store-bought products just weren't cutting it. I found and ordered what I hoped would control a quickly worsening problem and we weren't disappointed. We used the Maxforce bait stations together with the Maxforce FC gel, boric acid powder in the basement and attic and the Cyonara LP granules outside. Don't let the $35 price of this gel scare you off. The stuff is great and is easy to apply behind toilets, by pipes and any other hard to reach place. It simply works. After just a few days, no more roaches. I'm very satisfied with the products and with They are a vendor I will use again.

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    74 of 77 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Best I have ever seen!

    By Icedsweetrose on 04/11/2011

    This is the best roach killer product I have ever seen and purchased. I live in a trailer in which I didn't think I would ever see the end of the roach problem, but after purchasing this product, I recommend to others this is the best ever and works fast. I purchased a 4pk, I decided to just try it out in the bathroom, after a few days I didn't see anymore roaches. They were disappearing all over, down the hallway, even in the kitchen. I was going away for the weekend so I put more through out the trailer, we don't see them anymore unless it is a dead one. Well worth the money I spent.

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    57 of 59 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars


    By Larry on 06/17/2010

    Verified Purchase

    I purchased this product for my rental property. It is the same product a pest control company used at my property. It works great and quickly.

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    43 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    MaxForce Works Great

    By Aaron on 02/17/2010

    I used MaxForce FC Select and it worked right away unlike other gels I have purchased. I will most definitely be buying more of this product.

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    38 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Me gusta!

    By Aurelio on 07/26/2008

    Me gusta porque mata todas las cucarachas que hay en mi casa.

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    23 of 39 people found this review helpful

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What is the difference between the Maxforce FC Select roach bait gel and MaxForce FC roach bait gel?
The Maxforce FC Roach Bait gel comes in a 60 gram tube and is the original formula. The Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel comes in a smaller 30 gram tube that is designed to be able to be used on bait guns to make application easier. Maxforce FC Select contains the same active ingredient as the original Maxforce FC, but the attractants have been reformulated to help attract even the most bait adverse roaches.

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How long does MaxForce FC Select Roach Bait Gel work before you have to use it again?

Maxforce FC Roach Bait Gel will remain effective for months once it is applied.  However, what really determines how often you should apply it is how much activity you have.  If you have a lot of roach activity, then once you apply the product it could be eaten by the roaches in just a few days and you would need to re-apply often to keep up with the activity.

Roach Bait Gel Placement Guide

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Does Maxforce FC Select work on any type of roach? How about German roaches?
Maxforce FC Select Roach bait gel is a broad spectrum bait which means that it will work for just about any type of roach. German roaches are mentioned specifically on the product label.

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Does your box (4 tubes) of Maxforce FC Select come with a tip and plunger, or are they sold separately?


We do supply one tip and one plunger per order of bait gel as a courtesy for our customers.

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What is the most effective roach gel for german roaches?

is there an expiration date on the maxforce magnum gel?

Maxforce Magnum does have the fastest knockdown and is a great choice for a quick clean-out when used as part of a roach control program. Roach Baits do not come with expiration dates but we do encourage folks to use the bait within 1 year of purchase as the food based ingredients will eventually degrade and be less attractive to roaches.

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