6 Best Ant Bait & Gel

This article features some of the best ant baits and gels in the market for use to achieve long term ant pest control.

Ant baits is one of the most effective way to get rid of ants. They are also one of the best method that promise a long term stop to ant problems.

1TERRO T300B 2-Pack Liquid Ant Baits Check Price
2Advion Ant Gel Check Price
3Advance 375a Select Granular Ant Bait Check Price
4Advion Fire Ant Bait Check Price
5Maxforce Ant Bait Gel Poison Check Price
6Combat Ant Killing Gel Bait Check Price
7Optigard Ant Bait Gel Check Price

Ant baits contains both insecticides and attractants where ants are attracted to take the ‘bait’ thinking they are food and bring the food (poison) back to the ant colony and share with the queen as well as other ants. Hence potentially destroying the entire colony.

Most ant baits come packaged with the mixture of insecticide and food attractant in a plastic container. It works behind-the-scene and are a no mess and fuss approach to get rid of ants.

[May: Ants have a sweet and protein cycle. Try using both or alternating between sugar-based bait and protein-based bait to increase effectiveness.]

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of using ant bait and gel:

Pros of using Ant Bait
  • Effective
  • Simple to set-up
  • Set-and-forget type of ant control
  • Potentially gets rid of ants completely in the long term
Cons of using Ant Bait
  • Does not provide instant kill
  • Ants might not take bait if applies wrongly

Note: Avoid using any ant insecticides, sprays or repellent near Ant Bait. The goal is to attract ants to take the bait and not to deter them.

Tips: Ant colonies are capable of actively switching its dietary preferences, so it’s important to switch between Protein-based and Sugar-based bait, or simply present them with both options.

TERRO T300B 2-Pack Liquid Ant Baits

Known for their Ant killer products, this liquid ant bait by Terro is specifically designed to kill ants in two to three days, giving enough time for foraging ants to share bait with the rest.

To set up – hold bait upright and cut off the colored part before placing bait. Depending on the size of the infestation, complete ant control may take up to two weeks.

Each pack comes with 6 ant baits.

  • Pre-filled & ready-to-use
  • Attracts ants fast
  • Works on all common household ants
  • Patented design prevents bait from drying out

Tip: Use all 6 baits to ensure sufficient bait supply for the ants.

Advion Ant Gel

The Advion Ant Bait Gel is designed for both indoors and outdoors.

It kills most ants species including:Harvester, Carpenter, Crazy, Ghost, Honey, Odorous House, Pavement, Fire Ant, Rover, Little Black, White Footed and others.

To apply – simply squeeze thin line(s) near the ant trait (not on them or in their path).

  • Can be used both indoor and outdoor
  • Strong attractant
  • Works on most ants species
  • Bait is exposed

Tip: Do not apply too much at a go as bait will lose its effectiveness when left out for too long.

Tip 2: Bait near entrance of ant nest if possible.

Note: Keep pets and kids away if there’s no container used to cover bait that only ants could get to.

>> Best Granular Ant Bait

Advance 375A Ant Granular Bait

This Ant Bait by Advance 375A is a granular bait formulated for use both indoors and outside. It’s formulated by combining a mixture of delayed-action insecticide (known as Abamectin) and ant attractant.

It works on most common ant species like the Little Black ants, Crazy ants, the Argentine ants, Fire ants, Odorous House ants, Field ants, Big headed ants, Pharaoh ants and more.

  • Ready-to-use
  • Does not get wet easily
  • Works on wide range of ants
  • Great alternative/ variety to sugar-based bait

>> Related article: Best Ant Spray

>> Best Fire Ant Bait

Advion Fire Ant Bait

Advion fire ant bait uses effective and fast acting ingredients combined with attractants to ensure control of fire ants within 1 to 3 days.

It is designed for both broadcast and mound treatment, and works on all life stages of ants.

Broadcast Treatments – Treat using broadcast equipment that’s capable of applying 1.5 pounds per acre. Calibrate and adjust broadcast equipment accordingly to ensure proper rate of application. Retreat after every 12 to 16 weeks if needed.

Individual Mound Treatments – Do not apply directly to the tops of ant mound. For each mound, apply 4 tablespoons (about 0.5 oz) 3 – 4 feet around the mound(s). Retreat after every 12 to 16 weeks if necessary. (Note: bait must be applied when it’s dry outside).

  • Controls fire ants in 24 to 72 hours
  • Effective on all life stages of the ant
  • Designed to kill fire ants, pavement ants & bigheaded ants

Note: Be sure to zone out of your main treatment spot, if possible the entire yard, or there might be a chance that some of them will move to a new spot.

Tip: If used outdoor, it is best to apply after mowing and check to ensure it not going to rain in the next 24 to 48 hrs.

Maxforce Ant Bait Gel Poison

The Maxforce Ant Bait Gel is a sugar-based bait that used Fipronil as its active Ingredient. It controls a wide range of ants including Sugar ants, Argentine ants,  Little black ants, Ghost ants, Odorous House ants and Pavement ants.

To apply – Squeeze gel in spots, into cracks and crevices. For best results, place many spots of dabs of gel where ants can be seen foraging and entering.

This gel bait will stay effective and attractive to ants for up to two weeks (inspect gel and reapply as needed).

  • Great for spot application
  • Remains effective for up to 2 weeks
  • Controls wide range of ants
  • Plastic plunger included
  • Not on the cheap side

Combat Ant Killing Gel Bait

The Combat Ant Gel Bait features high water content allowing faster feeding that starts killing within hours and provides control within 3 to 5 days.

It’s ready-to-use and allows application directly from the syringe for fast, easy application in cracks and crevices that are hard to reach. It works both indoors and outdoors, and doesn’t require much for it to work.

Tip: This gel is strong, try to apply near entrances of forging ants.

>> Available in these sizes: 1 pack, 2 pack & 4 pack

  • High water content
  • Ready-to-use
  • Strong killing content
  • Strong killing that might kill ants before reaching its nest

Optigard Ant Bait Gel (with plunger)

The Optigard Ant gel bait is formulated to target a wide spectrum of ants both indoor and outdoor. Its clear and odorless bait gel attracts ant to consume while its Thiamethoxam active ingredient offers effective long term killing control.

It works on ghost ants, argentine ants, pharaoh ants, fire ants, carpenter ants, harvester ants and more.

[May: Avoid the mistake of putting the bait along the the walking pathway as ants will swarm to it.]

Tip: Do place something below the gel bait when used indoors for easy disposal and prevent staining on the floor.

  • Odorless
  • Plunger included
  • Highly attractive to ants
  • Works on most species of ants
  • Works both indoor and outdoor

In Conclusion

Ant baits works behind the scene and is perhaps one of our top favourite way of getting rid of ants that just kept marching into the house to search for food.

Do make sure to keep kids and especially pets away [May: Simply don’t allow them to enter the room where the treatment is placed]. Also to ensure not using ant insecticides or repellents near ant bait as it will very likely defeat the logic behind how ant bait works.

Lastly, be sure to be patient and smart when applying and setting up ant baits (pouring or dripping bait gel directly over the ant or ant mound just send a big signal to ants that it’s probably not something good.

Now over to you.. Have you tried using ant bait to treat your ant problem? What are your thoughts? Do you prefer sugar-based or protein-based ant bait? Leave a comment to let us know.