Ant Bait Choices

Which Ant Baits Do I Choose?

Below is a table of ant baits recommended for the smaller household ants and the larger Carpenter Ants. These are baits that are effective for the Argentine, Carpenter, Ghost, Odorous, Pharoah and Pavement Ants when they are on the sugar/carbohydrate or protein/grease feeding cycles. These ants will be attracted to one or the other type of baits, according to the dietary needs of the ant colony. Most of these baits are broad-spectrum baits (these baits work for many types of ants ), but some ant baits have exclusions on certain types of ants. Please read the product descriptions or give us a call. We have kits that combine sweet baits with the protein baits for greater savings.

  • When in doubt of which one to choose, pick one from each category. We also carry baits that feed both cycles (the baits in this category are not as effective as the specified single sweet or protein lure type baits).
  • Do not use a residual repellent type of spray near ants in order to avoid contamination. Using a non-repellent residual spray like Phantom Aerosol would be fine.
  • We also carry fire ant baits, some slow acting but long lasting and some faster-acting bait, but with shorter residual activity.

For more information : Ant Control, Ant Bait Tips


Protein and grease feeding cycles

(Top Recommendation)
Advance 375 A Ant Bait (for protein/grease feeding cycles)

advion ant bait arena

(Top Recommendation)
Advion Ant Bait Arena (for protein/grease cycles) This is a very complete bait that destroys the entire colony.

Maxforce Ant Bait Stations

Sweet/Carbohydrate Feeding Cycles-For General Ants


advion ant bait gel
Advion Ant Bait Gel ( Top Recommendation) (for many types of ants feeding on sugar or looking for moisture-highly attractive) Advion Ant Bait Gel maintains its integrity for a long period of time, killing the entire colony. It contains Indoxcarb, a non-repellent active ingredient.

Optigard Ant Bait Gel (Top Recommendation) (for sugar feeding cycles excludes fire, harvester and pharaoh ants)

The powerful, slow acting non repellent active ingredient, thiamethoxam in Optigard ant gel knocks out workers, brood and queens.

gelanimo intice ant bait
Intice Gelanimo Ant Bait
for sweet cycles-not messy, particularly good for Odorous Ants)


Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel

Baits that feed both protein and sweet/carb cycles-General Ants

Even though these baits are labeled for both sweet and protein cycles, the sweet bait gels are a better choice for sweet/carbohydrate dietary needs.

maxforce complete granulars
Maxforce Complete Bait Granulars (for protein/grease/sugar feeding cycles)

invict ab insect paste

InVict AB Insect Paste is an all around insect bait containing 0.05% Abamectin (botanical insecticide)
Invict AB Insect Paste has a range of attractants including sweet, oil, and protein attractants (but no peanut products). Not only will it kill ants, killing the whole colony quickly, but it effectively eliminates roaches, reducing the need for two different bait formulations.

Ant Baits Recommended For Carpenter Ants

Advance 375 A and Maxforce Fleet Ant Bait are excellent baits for the larger carpenter ants, when used together they feed both the sugar and protein feeding cycles of these ants.

When in doubt of which one to choose, choose one from each category or choose the Carpenter Ant Bait Combo Kits .

Protein/Grease Based Bait

Advance375 A Ant Bait
(for protein/grease feeding cycles)

Sweet Based Baits

maxforce fleet
Maxforce Fleet Ant Gel (for sweet feeding cycles) for carpenter ants are excellent baits. This fast-acting bait works on Acrobat ant, Argentine ant, big-headed ant, carpenter ant, cornfield ant, field honey ant, odorous house ant, pavement ant, pharaoh ant, thief ants

Optigard Ant Bait Gel (for sugar feeding cycles excludes fire, harvester and pharaoh ants)

The powerful, slow acting non repellent active ingredient, thiamethoxam in Optigard ant gel knocks out workers, brood and queens.


Ant Baits Recommended For Fire Ant Control

More Information: Fire Ant Control

Advion Fire Ant Bait

advion fire ant bait

Advion Fire Ant Bait controls ants within 24-72 hours. It is one of the fastest acting and most effective on the market today.

Extinquish Plus Fire Ant Bait

Extinquish Plus

Extinquish Plus Fire Ant Bait kills ant colonies completely. It contains an IGR, which stops the growth cycle and a slow acting stomach poison. It is a slow acting bait; you can combine it with Martin's Surrender Fire Ant Bait in the Texas 2 Step Fire Ant Bait Kits for faster results.

Surrender Fire Ant Killer

Surrender fire ant killer

Martin's Fire Ant Killer is a quick acting fire ant bait that works on many types of mound dwelling ants. You can sprinkle it around the mounds or mix it with water and treat around ant mounds.

Poplular Ant Bait Combination Kits

complete ant kit

Complete Ant Bait Kit contains both a protein/grease bait and a sweet/carbohydrate based bait.

It is effective on Argentine, Odourous House, Ghost, Pavement, and little black ants.(Excludes Carpenter Ants and Pharoah Ants)

Advion Ant Bait Kit

Advion Ant Bait Kit is a bait combination of Advion Ant Bait Arena (protein cycle) and Advion Ant Bait Gel (sugar cycle).

This kit is excellent for Pharoah Ants and a broad spectrum of ants, but excludes Carpenter Ants.

carpenter ant bait combos

Carpenter Ant Bait Kits combine both Advance 375A and Maxforce Fleet Ant Bait Gel for the most effective control of carpenter ants.

These kits are the best choices for Carpenter Ants. They also work for Acrobat ant, Argentine ants, big-headed ants, cornfield ant, field honey ants, odorous house ants, pavement ants, pharaoh ants, thief ants

These kits come in a small size and large size, as well as DIY Complete Carpenter Ant Bait Kit (an excellent non-repellent insecticide to spray the perimeter outside.)

fire ant kit

Texas 2 Step Fire Ant Kit is a two step process for an immediate knockdown of Fire Ants, then a second step for long term control.

This kit is made for Fire Ants, it also comes in the larger, Texas Size Texas 2 Step Fire Ant Kit.