The New York Indoor Carpenter Ant Kit contains the professional pest control products you need to treat carpenter ants found inside homes, apartments, and other residential and commercial areas. 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 New York Indoor Carpenter Ant Kit also contains bait plate stations that allow you to apply and monitor both baits simultaneously.
Although the products in this kit are labeled to control of many species of ants, we suggest you identify the 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.
How to Apply the New York Indoor Ant Kit
STEP 1 - BAIT - Bait Plate Stations, Maxforce Complete 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.
*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.
*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.
*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.
Gel lures ants quickly granules carried into crevices by pavement ants. No Carpenter ants SEEN in house since initial , professional treatment 4 years ago with annual outside granular treatment and gel treatment of trees where ants have been seen. I use inside kit just in case. I've had trouble with granules jumping to gel side of tray when I close it.