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Optigard Ant Bait Gel
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Optigard Ant Bait Gel (Thiamethoxam)

Optigard Ant Bait Gel is a powerful, slow acting non-repellent. The active ingredient, thiamethoxam, knocks out workers, brood, and queens. Optigard is for indoor and outdoor control of structure-invading ants; excluding fire, harvester, and Pharaoh ants. Optigard Ant Bait Gel doesn't have the unsightly yellowish-brown color or the runny inconsistency of other baits.



Optigard Ant Bait Gel (Box of 4 (1.06 oz./30 gram)

Optigard Ant Bait Gel is a powerful, slow acting non-repellent. The active ingredient, thiamethoxam, knocks out workers, brood, and queens. Optigard is for indoor and outdoor control of structure-invading ants; excluding fire, harvester, and Pharaoh ants. Optigard Ant Bait Gel doesn't have the unsightly yellowish-brown color or the runny inconsistency of other baits.

Optigard Ant Gel Bait provides a longer window of palatability so, as it ages, ants will continue to feed on the bait without any loss of attraction. Optigard Ant Bait Gel offers unparalleled control of a broad spectrum of ants, including Argentine, carpenter, ghost , and other nuisance ant species, by ingestion and transfer of the bait, providing efficacy against the entire colony, not just the workers. Optigard can be used for both clean-out and maintenance. It is also labeled for use in food-handling establishments and within food serving areas when applied according to label specifications. Optigard is transparent at application and stays clear throughout treatment. It has little to no odor and doesn't stain treated surfaces. It can be used on porous and non-porous surfaces without staining.

Optigard Ant Bait Gel - Independent Field Tests

Independent field tests conducted in 2006 against Argentine ants determined Optigard Ant Gel Bait killed 97% of workers and 100% of queens in just three days. By comparison, competitive products registered zero queen mortality. Tests conducted with carpenter ants in Florida showed Optigard Ant Gel Bait achieved 95% mortality of workers in two days, 100% in three days. Efficacy of Maxforce reached only 11% after three days.




Optigard Ant Bait Gel & Mega Ant Colonies

For the control of "mega colonies," and areas with extremely high ant pressure, it can be used as part of an integrated pest management (IPM) system with such products as Taurus SC.




Why Choose Optigard Ant Gel Bait

  • Broad-spectrum of ants and other arthropod pests, including Florida Carpenter ants
  • Colorless and odor-free
  • Non-repellent and transferable, knocks out workers, brood, and queens
  • Remains palatable for at least 14 days after baiting (indoors and outdoors)
  • Packaged in a ready-to-use syringe with plunger for easy application
Additional Information

Additional Information

Pro Tips Remember when using gel baits such as Optigard Ant Bait Gel, that ants can only get to the edge of the bait placement. Thin lines of bait work better than big circles. If the bait dries out, put new bait in its place or add some water to it and mix it with a tooth pick.
Packaging Box of 4 (1.06 oz./30 gram) syringes
Manufacturer Bayer
Product Label Label
Target Pest

OptigardAnt Bait Gel offers unparalleled control of a broad spectrum of ants, including Argentine, carpenter, ghost, and other nuisance ant species, by ingestion and transfer of the bait, providing efficacy against the entire colony, not just the workers.

For indoor and outdoor control of structure-invading ants, excluding fire ants, harvester and pharoah ants.

Active Ingredient (s) Thiamethoxam, .010%
For Use : It is approved for use indoors and outdoors, in cracks and crevices and;as spot treatments where ants nest and forage. Optigard can be used for both clean-out and maintenance. It is also labeled for use in food-handling establishments and within food serving areas when applied according to label specifications.
Yield 4 - 30 gram syringes per box.
Mixture|Application N/A

Bait Placement:The Optigard Ant Bait Gel comes with a syringe applicator. Simply place this ant bait gel in areas where the ants are active. Typical areas include cracks and crevices, under and behind appliances, under sinks, under and behind stoves, around pipes, and water heaters. Other areas include window frames and basebords. Continue to place bait in areas where the ants are actively foraging or trailing. Do not place Optigard on freshly applied insecticide, unless it is a non repellent inseciticide such as Alpine, Taurus or Phantom.

Indoors: After inspection of ant activity, place Optigard in those areas. Look for activity at points of entry and high moisture areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Place multiple bait placements in areas of high activity. Do not place bait in areas that are routinely washed, as washing will remove or dilute bait. Do not treat food preparation surfaces. During followup visits inspect placements and reapply as needed.

Outdoors:After inspection of ant activity, place Optigard near ant trails and areas of suspected ant activity. Look for activity near entry points and areas of moisture, such as soffits, eaves, pipes, weep holes and eaves. You may use bait stations with Optigard.

Retreatment As needed
Shipping Restrictions NY
More Instructions No

Customer Reviews 37 item(s)

Great stuff!!!
This stuff really works!!! Within a day or two all my ant problems were gone! A friend recommended it and I found it on line and the shipping was quick. Saved me from having to drive and it get it. I kinda went overboard using it even though I read not to, so less is more! Well worth the money to get rid of your ants!
Review by TPD667 / (Posted on 11/12/2015)
Great product
We had carpenter ants throughout our kitchen for about 1 month. Ant traps bought in supermarket did not work. We placed gel at dishwasher base near ant trail. In 1 hour about 50 ants were eating the gel. Replenished gel twice over the course of about 3 hours. The next day the ants were gone. Placed more gel near old trail--no ants came to feed. We are still ant free after 2 weeks.
Review by antBeGone / (Posted on 10/7/2015)
Carpenter ant infestation
We purchased this along with the advance 375A, as our house and yard were overrun with both regular and carpenter ants. We baited the exterior with the mint jelly masking tape first, and then replaced with the gel where ants were eating. Over 100 ants would be eating the gel bait. The ants were at our vacation home, and when we came back We two weeks later, we replaced the gel, and only a few ants were eating. A month later and I only saw TWO ants outside after looking around the whole house, where before there were thousands upon thousands. We just rebaited and I hope to kill what I think is the final satellite colony. No ants have made it in the house, which is a first. We'd been paying a service for four years, and they never baited, only barrier sprayed. When I think of all the money I wasted it gets me super annoyed. I should have done it myself years ago!
Review by Couponvan / (Posted on 9/27/2015)
I applied the gel as the directions said to a crack area (between the countertop backsplash and wall). Within one day all the ants were gone and as of 4 days later, no ants.
Review by CT / (Posted on 9/15/2015)
Excellent Product
Loved this stuff...used it with the Taurus spray on the outside of the house and the ants were gone the next day. We have had a huge ant problem for years, I can't believe there was a solution.
Review by Nanette / (Posted on 9/11/2015)
This stuff works!
I have used the ant baits from the big box stores and the ants just detoured around them. Ants were entering my kitchen from several locations along one wall onto my countertop. I cut several squares of tin foil and placed a line of Optigard on each foil. The ants went straight for it! While it was hard to allow the ants to continue to come into my kitchen, I left them alone with the Optigard. Soon, the line of ants coming in got smaller and smaller, and by lunchtime, no more ants! I haven't seen an ant in the kitchen since using the Optigard. I also used the Taurus SC non-repellant spray around the perimeter of my house
Review by Em / (Posted on 8/23/2015)
This Stuff Works
I have had a problem with so-called sugar ants in my kitchen the last two years. I had a pro last year and it solved the problem for the season. They reappeared again this spring. I got fair control by using Home Defense. I had ordered this product and was able to use it as they reappeared. I placed a small amount at the entry point. 30 hours later, nary an ant. I have used a corn syrup bait as well and it took days to eradicate the little buggers. Great product!
Review by Tbirdjim / (Posted on 8/19/2015)
Not much of the bait was gone from the traps. Not sure if it worked or not. Don't see as many Carpenter ants but I did find a nest around the same time. Not sure if the bait stopped the ants or me finding the nest and obliterating all the ants helped.
Review by Carpenter ants / (Posted on 8/11/2015)
Quick acting! Works every time.
Regardless of what the directions say, I see results within 24 hours in most instances. I've used this product for years to keep ants taking up residence in my potted plants as well as throughout the yard.
Review by Jay / (Posted on 6/29/2015)
excellent product
Quick acting, effective, long lasting, easy-to-use application. Superior to numerous other store bought and natural, chemical-free approaches I have used over the years Non-intrusive as well. Use it and no disappoints should reward any potential user.
Review by john / (Posted on 6/23/2015)
It works. Buy it.
Carpenter ants are a major problem in my area. This worked perfect. I could not find the nest but I haven't seen an ant in 3 weeks.
Review by Tom D / (Posted on 6/8/2015)
phenomenal product
Ive worked in pest control bfore and I knew wht I wantd from th “big box” store but no such product existed, so aftr ordering, it only took 3 days to arrive, by th end of th nxt week, my ant problems were gone… ths stuff works!!!
Review by AF / (Posted on 5/28/2015)
very fast shipping. Seems carpenter ants preferred sweet bait. Was early spring. Where like kids in a candy store. Ants where in the kitchen wall. After 3 days there was no sign of ants. Have plenty of bait left and am using on my outside deck with same results. Highly recommend this product for carpenter ants. Nothing store bought worked.
Review by Derek / (Posted on 5/22/2015)
excellent product
Carpenter ants, I have been fighting colonies for years both in and out of my home. I have used so many products but nothing seemed to work. This stuff was incredible the ants leapt on to the syringe, next day bodies were all to be found. If you cant find the colony but see them in the same spots, apply as directed and let it perform its magic!
perfect solution for carpenter ants in your home.
Review by john / (Posted on 5/22/2015)
I read the reviews and decided to buy the product. I had paid an exterminator $350 to get rid of the ants. After six weeks the ants were back. This product was 1/10th the price and has exceeded my expectations. I still have some of the first tube I opened left. Buy with confidence. This stuff really works!
Review by Sherrie / (Posted on 3/30/2015)
Works perfectly
We had been having a terrible problem with ghost ants. They would show up in various areas throughout the house..sometimes just one or other times there would be a whole bunch of them together. I would spray bug spray in the areas where we saw them and it would kill the ones present but more always came back. I finally did some research on the internet, found this product and had it within just a few days. I treated a few of the areas where we saw the ants and they swarmed all over it and then disappeared. That's been a few weeks ago now and we haven't seen a single ant since. The product is amazing!
Review by Penni / (Posted on 3/9/2015)
Ordered online...got it the next day. This stuff works great!! NO MORE ANTS!!! it was fast....it attracts the ants and they were dead the next day!
Review by glasskat / (Posted on 1/26/2015)
Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!!!
I call this product "Napalm" because it knocked my ants out!!!!
My entire kitchen was infested. I squirted the gel around the perimeter of a wall socket (that was their point on entry) and by the end of the day, they were gone!!
Tip: You will have a million ants coming out of nowhere if you had a large infestation like I did. Do not attempt to clean up ants like I did, just let them do their thing after you have laid the bait. I will look worse than before it started but that's okay because the entire colony is about to be wiped out. They will eat the bait, bring it back to the nest, and you won't have carcasses to clean up if you are patient.
Review by L / (Posted on 1/16/2015)
Worked fast
Ants were gone same day I put it down. Very impressed.
Review by Loreilie / (Posted on 12/29/2014)
worked great
Ants loved it. They ate it up. Highly recommended
Review by Chris / (Posted on 12/24/2014)
awesome product
We've had the seasonal ants every year and never was successful with any store bought products. Wife wanted me to hire a bug guy but I wanted 2 try this first after reading reviews. I placed it and immediately they went after it like it was ant Crack or something. The next day we found thousands of dead and dying ants through out the house in large numbers. So far the best product ever! I only used 1 tube after re baiting following day, so well worth the money for the quantity you receive but most importantly IT WORKS!
Review by Jayson / (Posted on 12/6/2014)
Optigard Ant Bait Gel
I can not thank you enough. This product is a miracle ! The ants were taking over my kitchen, regardless what I used ...BUT, within 2 hours , there was not an ant to be seen. Puff and be-gone right in front of my eyes.. Last but not least, I rate your company a 5 STAR. You are a pleasure to do business with an a warm thank you for being there to serve us....
Review by Rosie / (Posted on 12/2/2014)
Had a problem with ghost ants and even the company I use for bug control inside/outside of my home could not get rid of the problem till I got OTIGARD from Do-It-Yourself Pest Control. After receiving my order I followed the instructions and within TWO Days they were gone and have not had the problem since. A GREAT PRODUCT and I highly recommend it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Review by Butch / (Posted on 9/24/2014)
Very effective
Used on "ghost" ants around the house. Within 1 day (most of the time w/in hrs) of placing a little gel on their trail, they were gone! The 'ants swarmed the gel w/in minutes of the application. I'm very happy with this product, the ants however, are not!
Review by Greg / (Posted on 8/22/2014)
No comparison!!
For years,(many, many, many) years we have been battling with the tiny black ants that invade our home every season. We tried the sprays, baits, traps, sticky pads. Nothing would get rid of them. This year they seemed to be particularly aggressive, coming out only at night. Once again we tried the newest bait with no results. While sorting through my emails one day, I noticed one from "do your own pest control". They featured the Optigard Ant Bait Gel so I figured I had nothing to loose at this point. I wasn't expecting four tubes but thought I at least got my monies worth. Let me tell you, I would pay the same price for half a tube. This stuff is an ant magnet! I laid down a few gel lines and they couldn't stay away! The package said to expect significant results within three days. One treatment, 24 hours, GONE! Not one ant, NOT ONE has returned! This stuff is gold.
Review by Bobby/North Carolina / (Posted on 6/23/2014)
Great company, product, service
The product works within one day.
The company responded in one day.
My ant problem was gone in three days.
Review by Val / (Posted on 6/21/2014)
Fabulously Ant FREE
This is THE BEST product we have used so far on the seasonal ant issues we have had for several years! It has worked indoors as well as outdoors. We have not had 1 single ant sighting since applied indoors and they were completely gone in 24 hours! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT!!
Review by Jewels / (Posted on 4/30/2014)
100% satisfying
very much satisfied of the outcome.
Review by jesse / (Posted on 3/19/2014)
Miracle Working
We had tried everything to get rid of these ants. We haven't seen one since we used this product!!
Review by Ghost Ants / (Posted on 2/25/2014)
GREATEST product
We've had problems with the tiny black ants for years. We even paid to have the Killers come out and spray everywhere. Nothing seemed to help.

I bought different products, made my own using borax and powdered sugar and another one using corn syrup and boric acid. The borax one helped a lot but was messy and bottom line the ants still came out of the woodwork.

Now the good part...we used this bait in 3 different locations and after a couple of days we saw lots of dead ones which we cleaned up and now none at all. I keep looking for them but I mean NONE!

I am one happy woman....thank God my husband found your website!
Review by Susie / (Posted on 1/30/2014)
Great product
This is one of the best products I've ever used for the ghost ants! Gone in less than a day!!
Review by Carolyn / (Posted on 1/2/2014)
Ordered Again: It Works!
When I contacted Do Your Own Pest Control I was looking for another brand of bait , but the salesperson highly recommended Optigard even though they also sell the other bait. My first Optigard order was around two years ago and I recently reordered after I gave the last tube to a friend.

I have used Optigard to eradicate Velvet Tree ants and tiny ants of an unidentified species. According to a local entomologist, Velvet Tree Ants usually have one large colony and multiple satellite colonies. Baits typically kill only the smaller satellite nests so it pays to track down the main colony. It appears that we were successful in eliminating all nearby colonies because we have had no Velvet Tree ant infestation for over a year.

The tiny ants are more finicky about baits but they really go for Optigard. We had to deal with the tiny ants invading our house on a regular basis; one satellite colony moved into a computer battery backup under the desk in my home office!

Then I began placing bait at various locations outside near the ant trails. As of this writing there is no evidence of the tiny ants inside or outside our house.

I usually place the bait on lids from canned cat food. I prefer that method to placing the bait near cracks, etc. because I can easily move the "bait stations" with no residue left behind. Just be sure to keep replacing the bait until there are no more visible ants.

Review by Ant Killer / (Posted on 10/24/2013)
We moved into our house In 2006 the ants were every were ,I thought we had made the worst mistake ever. I called pest control they came out and baited cost me $150.00 each time they kept coming. I was fed up it did not work, so my last resort was to look on line. I found do it yourself pest control and tried the optiguard... it is the best. you see ants you bait them and in a couple of hours they are gone ,try it it works.
Review by Ld / (Posted on 10/15/2013)
Don't hesitate....Awesome product.
I must admit that I was a little apprehensive about buying the Optigard Ant Bait Gel. I had,, operative word here is "had" ants in the kitchen area as well a bathroom. I used other products including spreading cinnamon powder all over the place. The ants were relentless. I called the customer service number and asked for recommendations on how to treat the ants. The customer service representative was extremely helpful. I received my order within 3 days and immediately applied Optigard. The ants literally swarmed over the 3 areas I place the product. I was told that within 3 days the ants would be gone. Well, to my surprise, it only took 3 hours...no B.S. !!! Awesome product and I only used a little bit of the product. I still have 3 unused tubes. Don't waste your money on the Home Depot stuff....just buy Optigard ..it's worth it.
Review by T / (Posted on 9/24/2013)
Love love love this product. It done miracles for me. Works as advertised. Buying more.
Review by Phyl / (Posted on 9/4/2013)
Excellent product
I bought this product over 3 years ago and also loaned it to a friend and I'm down to my last tube (4 come in the box). So a little goes a long way. Unless you have a serious infestation, most people will be able to get 3-4 years out of this purchase. It is important that you be patient since it will take about 3 days for all of the ants to disappear, so do not expect immediate results. Resist the urge to kill them after applying the bait. Let the product do its job.

I have actually seen this product in action. I was having problems in the kitchen and I placed the bait in several hotspots. Within 5-10 minutes, I saw many ants taking the bait. I recently had a problem on my kids jungle gym that was crawling with hundreds of ants. I applied this gel and saw them all feasting on this bait almost immediately. I have tried some of the local store ant baits and watched the ants literally walk around the traps, so don't buy the stuff at the local stores. Get the stuff that the pros use.

This 3-4 year supply is a small price to pay and far cheaper than a service call from an exterminator.
Review by Mike / (Posted on 5/16/2013)
Simply Awesome!
Had carpenter ants... A LOT of them. It was the first time in 10 years living at my home. They were everywhere, I was so skeeved. Bought this, put the gel close to ant trails and they would pile onto the stuff. Really gross. Everyday I saw less. After 3 days... NOT ONE! Don't let the price fool you. It goes A LONG way. My entire home and a friends home took 1/4 of a tube.I think it comes with 5 tubes. Highly recommended.
Review by Wes / (Posted on 5/10/2013)

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