Raid Max Child Resistant Ant Killer Baits

Last updated date: August 11, 2020

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Raid Max Child Resistant Ant Killer Baits

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The active ingredient here is Avermectin B1, which is poisonous to ants but appetizing enough that ants will bring it back to the hive to be consumed. It's effective against a wide variety of ants. Allow a week or so for the ants to distribute the bait and begin thinning the population. In our analysis of 9 expert reviews, the Raid Raid Max Child Resistant Ant Killer Baits placed 2nd when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2020:
Checkout The Best Ant Bait for a detailed review of all the top ant baits.

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From The Manufacturer

Two types of bait to attract and kill ants. After ants feed on the bait, they return to the colony and transfer the bait to other ants, thereby killing the entire colony

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An Overview On Ant Baits

It’s easy to admire the dogged work ethic of the humble ant — as long as you’re doing it from a distance. It’s a different story when they’ve caught the scent of food inside your house and are swarming in through every crevice to get it.

Against this kind of infestation, bug sprays may offer some temporary satisfaction, but they’re not much help at all when it comes to getting rid of the colony once and for all. If you’ve got a little bit of patience, that’s exactly what the right ant bait trap can do.

Ant baits use a variety of different active ingredients and delivery methods, but they all work roughly the same way. Instead of killing ants on contact, they are actually meant to attract ants. Once they’ve done so, the ants eat some bait and bring the rest back to the colony. There the slow-acting poison starts to take effect, killing the workers and queen, and/or rendering her infertile. If you see more ants a day or so after placing your baits, don’t remove them. That means the traps are doing their job, and you should see the numbers begin to decline in a few days.

Most indoor ant baits are sold in plastic traps, similar to the “roach motels” that work on the same principle. They are meant to be placed in areas where ants are liable to go looking for food. In some cases, you may need to apply the actual bait to the trap yourself before setting in down. That bait can take several forms, and in most cases you don’t need to put it into a trap for it to be effective.

Gel bait can be applied to precise locations such as cracks in the wall or along baseboards. Liquid bait can be spread along a wide surface — as long as it’s not one where your pets are liable to come sniffing for food. Powder bait can actually be spritzed into the walls through the tiny crevices that ant might use as entryways. Finally, granular bait is ideally suited for outdoor use, since it is usually waterproof and won’t harm larger mammals or plants.

In some cases, the active ingredient — the poison — makes up a small percentage of the actual product. The rest is the actual bait; the material that is meant to attract the ants. That active ingredient might vary widely between brands, but common compounds are bifenthrin, pyrethrin, cypermethrin or borate (more commonly known as the all-purpose cleaner Borax). The slower these substances work, the better: Remember that you want the ants to carry the bait back to the colony before they start feeling the effects.

DWYM Fun Fact

We all know ants are expert burglars who specialize in stealing your food. Some even know that they’re super strong and that some species can lift up to 50 times their body weight. You might take some solace in knowing that at least they can’t hear — until you realize they can do something better. While ants don’t have ears, they can detect even small sounds as ground vibrations thanks to the subgenual organ below their femur.

The Ant Bait Buying Guide

A word on safety for your pets and children. Although many brands may advertise their ant baits as “child resistant,” that doesn’t mean they’re totally safe for kids to eat or even touch. All it means is that the traps are designed to keep little fingers and paws from touching the active ingredient. But as we all know, kids can be persistent — so place your baits in out-of-the-way areas to be extra safe.