Southern Ag Payback Fire Ant Bait

Southern Ag Payback Fire Ant Bait

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Southern Ag Payback Fire Ant Bait is specially formulated to control and kill both fire ants and harvester ants. Contains Conserve Insecticide, an active ingredient that immediately kills fire ants within 24 hours. It quickly lures and attracts ants, bringing the potent bait to the mound and feeding the entire colony. This ready-to-use bait effectively destroys the whole community of ants that lasts up to 3 to 14 days. It is ideal to use on home lawns and gardens, around the perimeter of houses and ornamental plants such as flowers, trees, and shrubs through mound or broadcast application. Guarantees long-lasting control for two months without the need for dilution or watering-in. Sold in 12 oz. bottle.

Features and Specs

Active Ingredient Spinosad - 0.015 %
Target pests Fire ants and harvester ants.
For use in Lawns, home perimeter and around ornamental plants (flowers, shrubs, and trees).
Application Sprinkle bait evenly over and around each mound in a 4 ft diameter circle. Do not disturb mounds. OR broadcast with a handheld or ground-driven rotary spreader.
Pet safe Yes, if used as directed on label.
Yield 12 oz. treats up to 5,000 square feet or 10 mounds.
Special Features No dilution and watering-in needed.
Shipping Weight 1.00 lbs
Manufacturer Southern Ag (Mfg. Number: 09300)
EPA Registration 62719-304-829



It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Read all Directions for Use carefully before applying.


Conserve* fire ant bait is attractive and deadly to fire ants and harvester ants. Ants quickly find and pick up this bait, take it back to the mound, and feed it to the entire colony including the queen(s).

Ants start dying in 24-36 hours with mound/colony destruction in 3 to 14 days. Broadcast applications may take longer. 

Fire ant/harvester ant colonies are started by the newly mated queen(s) that fly into an area, burrow into the ground and begin laying eggs. Several flights are common during the summer, often shortly after rains. It takes several weeks for new mounds to appear. Combining mound and broadcast applications eliminates/controls visible mounds and helps prevent new mounds from forming.

Where to Apply

  • Home Lawns
  • Perimeter of home
  • Around ornamental plants (flowers, shrubs, and trees)
  • Home gardens
    • asparagus
    • banana and plantain
    • bulb vegetables (including dry bulb onion, garlic, great-headed (elephant) garlic, green onion, leek shallot, and welch onion)
    • bush berries (including blueberry, currant, elderberry, gooseberry, huckleberry, juneberry, lingonberry, and salal)
    • caneberries (including blackberry, black raspberry, loganberry, red raspberry and cultivars and/or hybrids of these.
    • Citrus (including grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges, and tangerines).
    • cole crops (brassica vegetables) (including broccoli, broccoli raab, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cavalo, Chinese broccoli, Chinese cabbage (bok choy), Chinese cabbage (napa), Chinese mustard cabbage ( Gai Choy), collards, kale, kohlrabi, mizuna, mustard greens, mustard spinach, and rape greens)
    • cucurbits (including cucumber, edible gourds, muskmelons (cantaloupe, honeydew, etc.) pumpkin, summer and winter squash, and watermelon)
    • fruiting vegetables and okra (including eggplant, ground cherry, okra, Pepino, pepper (except black), tomatillo, and tomato)
    • grape
    • herbs (including angelica, balm, basil, borage, burnet, chamomile,  catnip chervil (dried), Chinese chive, chive, cilantro (leaf), clary, coriander (leaf), curry (leaf) dillweed, horehound, hyssop, lavender, lemongrass, lovage, (leaf), marigold, marjoram, nasturtium, parsley (dried), rosemary, rue, sage, summer savory sweet bay, tansy, tarragon, thyme, wintergreen, winter savory, Woodruff and wormwood)
    • leafy vegetables (including amaranth, arugula, cardoon, celery, celtuce, chervil, Chinese celery, Chinese spinach, corn salad, cress, dandelion, dock, edible-leaved chrysanthemum, endive (escarole), Florence fennel, garden cress, garden purslane, garland chrysanthemum, head and leaf lettuce, leafy amaranth, New Zealand spinach, orach, parsley, radicchio (red chiccory), rhubarb, spinach, Swiss chard, tampala, upland cress, vine spinach, watercress, winter cress, winter purslane, and yellow rocket)
    • leaves of root and tuber vegetables (including bitter cassave, black salsify, carrot, celeriac (celery root), chicory, dasheen (taro), edible burdock, garden beet, oriental radish (daikon), parsnip, radish, rudabaga, sugar beet, sweet cassava, sweet potato, tanier, true yam, turnip, turnip greens, and turnip-rooted chervil)
    • peppermint and spearmint
    • pome fruits (including apples, crabapples, loquat, pears, and quince)
    • potatoes and tuberous and corn vegetables (including arracacha, arrowroot, artichoke, bitter cassava, chayote root, Chinese artichoke, chufa, dasheen, edible canna, ginger, Jerusalem artichoke, leren, potatoes, sweet cassava, sweet potatoes, tanier, true yam, turmeric, and yam bean)
    • root vegetables ( including black salsify, carrot, celeriac, chicory, edible burdock, garden beet, ginseng, horseradish, oriental radish, parsnip, radish, rutabaga, salsify, skirret, Spanish salsify, sugar beet, turnip, turnip-rooted chervil, and turnip-rooted parsley)
    • spices (including allspice, anise (seed), black caraway, caper (buds) caraway, cardamon, cassia (buds), celery (seed), cinnamon, clove (buds), common fennel, coriander (seed), cilantro (seed), cumin, dill (seed) Florence fennel, fenugreek, grains of paradise, Juniper (berry), lovage (seed), mace, mustard (seed), nutmeg, poppy (seed), saffron, star anise, vanilla, and white pepper)
    • stone fruits (including apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, and prunes)
    • strawberry
    • succulent and dry beans and peas (including blackeye pea, chickpea, cowpea, crowder pea, English pea, field bean, field pea, garbanzo bean, garden pea, kidney bean, lentil, lima bean, pigeon pea, pinto bean, runner bean, snap bean, snow pea, sugar snap pea, and wax bean)
    • sweet corn
    • tree nuts and pistachio (including almond, beech nut, black walnut, Brazil nut, butternut, cashew, chestnut, English walnut, filbert (hazelnut), hickory nut, macadamia nut, pecan, and walnut)
    • tropical tree fruits (including acerola, atemoya, avocado, biriba, black sapote, canistel, cherimoya, custard apple, feijoa, guava, ilama, jaboticaba, longan, lychee, mamey sapote, mango, papaya, passionfruit, pulasan, rambutan, sapodilla, soursop, Spanish lime, star apple, starfruit, sugar apple, ti leaves, wax jambu (wax apple) and white sapote)

      Note: in the state of Georgia, do not apply Payback to broccoli raab, Chinese cabbage (bok choy), collards, kale, mizuna, mustard greens, mustard spinach, rape greens.

How to Apply

  • Mound Application: Sprinkle bait evenly over and around each mound in a 4-ft diameter circle. Apply gently to avoid disturbing ants.
  • Broadcast Application: Spread bait evenly over the infested area with a handheld or ground-driven rotary broadcast spreader.

How Much to Apply

  • Mound Application: Use 4 tbs. (tablespoons) for each mound. For mounds greater than 15 inches in diameter, use 6 tbs. per mound.
  • Broadcast Application: Use 1/3 to 2/3 cup for each 1,000 sq. ft., or 3 to 6 cups per 10,000 sq. ft., or 2.5 to 5 lbs. per acre. Use higher rates for heavier infestations, faster activity, and greater overall control.

When to Apply

Apply when ants are active (usually when temperatures are warmer than 60 degrees F). The best time to apply is in the cooler early morning or late evening hours when fire ant and harvester ant foraging is at its peak. Mounds will usually be eliminated or destroyed in 3 to 14 days after treatment. Extremely large mounds may require a repeat application. Make a broadcast application every other month during the warm months to keep fire ants or harvester ants from establishng, starting, or forming new mounds.

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