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.
The shelf life for unopened tubes of Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel is 2 years, once opened, it should be used within 1 year.
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. Roaches will still eat the gel even if it hardens. Any gel that is not consumed should be cleaned up and reapplied as needed, or at least every 2 weeks.
It is recommended that you store Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel out of extreme temperatures, meaning no temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and not below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are traveling throughout the day with the product, that is fine. It will not lose its effectiveness. If you are not working, be sure to store this out of the extreme temperatures.
Actually, since you would not be applying Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel in areas where dishes or silverware would come into contact with the bait, this would not be a concern. The gel bait should be applied in the upper corners of cabinets, under the lip of counter top, on the door hinge to the cabinet, etc. A useful tip is to cut wax paper into 1 x 1 squares and place a pea size amount on the wax paper. This makes it easy to slide far back into cabinets, under appliances and to replace the bait placements after 2-3 weeks or when the bait is consumed. We have a diagram here which illustrates more areas where bait can be placed.
Roaches don’t necessarily need to consume Maxforce FC Select Bait. They can just walk through it for control. It will still kill the roach that walked through it and the other roaches that it contacts by transfer effect.
Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel and other gel baits have a combination of food-grade ingredients in the bait matrix that is designed to be highly attractive to roaches. Some of the food attractants will be sweet, but we cannot know if actual honeydew fruit is included in these ingredients.
Hot temperatures can cause the Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel to liquefy. You can put the tube in the refrigerator for a short time to assist it in becoming it’s gel consistency. The product will still be effective. Please be sure that you’re storing them in a temperature controlled environment and out of direct sunlight. The shelf life for unopened tubes is 2 years, once opened, it should be used within 1 year.
There is no set temperature that is best for applying the Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel as it is more for inside applications. If using outside it is only placed in areas that are not exposed to weather, ie in cracks and crevices. It would be best to not apply when it is too hot if doing so as it will cause the bait to be more liquidy and not stay in the applied area.
Yes, Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel can be used in bait stations, much like our Bait Plate Stations. You can also use this product as a spot or crack and crevice treatment without bait stations indoors and/or as a crack and crevice treatment outdoors adjacent to structures. Application rate is dependent on the level of infestation.
Standard Application Rates:
Maxforce FC Select Roach Bait Gel is a light brown gel.
Use Maxforce FC Roach Bait gel as a spot or crack and crevice treatment indoors dressers would not be considered crack or crevice. Baits will not effect the eggs only those that injest the bait.
See our Indoor Roach Control Guide for images of placement examples. On dressers and all areas 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