Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits

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Over the past few decades or so, there has been a rapid increase in the development of innovative pest control solutions. These solutions range from repellent sprays, liquid baits, electronic sprays, and solid baits. Different pest control methods vary in terms of effectiveness, eco-friendliness, cost, and numerous other aspects. Ants are arguably among the most invasive household pests, which has led to the availability of multiple ant control products such as the Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits.

The different companies that manufacture ant-control products tout their products are highly effective in a bid to win over customers in the market. Are the Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits effective? Do they provide customers with acceptable value for money? Our in-depth review of these baits will weigh their benefits against their downsides and help you make an informed decision.

Overview

Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits make use of a rather exciting concept to get rid of ants. There is solid bait inside a plastic component. Ants are attracted by smell to a compartment containing this bait. Upon feeding on it, they go back to their colony and transfer the poisoned bait to the queen ant. By killing the queen, there is an eventual decline in the ant population. The poisoned bait is also supposed to eliminate the initial ant that fed on it.

Pros

  • Incredibly easy to use
  • Effective poison
  • Very mild scent

Cons

  • Poor design
  • Lack of adhesive
  • Pricey compared to alternatives
  • Not pet-friendly

What is Raid Max Double Control Ant Bait Made of?

The main ingredient in Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits is Abamectin (0.05%). Also known as avermectin, Abamectin is a miticide, nemacide, and insecticide that is effective against a wide range of common pests. The baits also contain a peanut compound, which attracts the ants.

Since Abamectin is poisonous, it goes without saying that Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits should not be placed near food, household dishes, or surfaces used for food preparation.

Our Raid Max Double Control Ant Bait review

We are aware that different people will have varying experiences with any particular ant-control product in the market. We, therefore, acknowledge that the ratings, findings, and views we will give in our Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits review is entirely based on our experience. Our results are subjective and may vary significantly from those of another person, depending on location, usage, and other factors. This review will focus on value for money, effectiveness, ease of use, and scent.

Scent (8.0/10)

Compared to other invasive ant control products, the Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits score highly on scent. The bait contains a peanut-based compound with the conventional peanut scent. However, even for those who find peanuts unpleasant, the smell is almost indiscernible to the human nose. Scent is among the most important factors in choosing a pest control product. Going by scent alone, you can rarely tell whether the baits have been placed in a room.

However, keep in mind that while one may not easily pick the baits’ scent, cats and dogs will almost certainly pick it. Our dog came across one of the baits during our usage of the product and instantly gobbled it up, perhaps having picked the peanut butter scent. Luckily, we were right there and took the bait out of the dog’s mouth.

Thickness (6.6/10)

When we first purchased the Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits, we begrudgingly watched clusters of ants moving around the baits and never actually getting into them. To find out what the issue was, we cut open one of the ant traps, and behold. There was our problem. The food that was supposed to act as bait was all dried up and hardened. It looked like something mixed with very old peanut butter.

We then tried adding a drop of water into the bait in the hope of loosening it up. Still, after several hours, we were not getting any better results. We then scraped out the bait out of the product’s plastic housing and added a bit of regular cranberry juice resulting in a soft, sticky paste. We then placed the baits exactly where they had been, and surprise, the ants began feeding on it.

We also tried a different approach with baits placed in a different room. Instead of using cranberry juice, we softened the bait with a few drops of water. While this was not as effective as the cranberry method, it still attracted many ants, implying that the bait’s thickness was the main problem.

Ease of Use (7.8/10)

When we purchased Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits, we figured they were probably among the easiest ant control methods to use. We were not disappointed. The baits come in a ready-to-use configuration, and you only have to choose a location in your house to place them. However, we had a problem with our product for not having any form of adhesive as advertised.

This meant that besides placing the baits on the floor, we could not stick them on walls on other non-horizontal surfaces.

Additionally, we also had qualms with the immensely raised plastic surface on the baits’ housing. We poured small amounts of peanut oil onto the sides, which led to an incredible increase in the number of ants that got to the bait.

Effectiveness (7.8/10)

We purchased the Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits to keep ants outside our house during spring. We always have an ant menace around this time, which involves massive clusters of ants making their way to our bathroom and on a particular area behind our couch. We had tried the seemingly popular sugar and baking soda method, but this had only led to an increase in the number of ants. We placed the baits along the wall near the couch and on areas we figured were the ants’ entry points.

After a week of usage, we got mixed results. While there was a reduction in the number of ants, it was not up to our expectations. We were unsure whether the baits take longer to achieve full effectiveness, but for us, the ant menace was still with us after a week. The product does not score very high on effectiveness seeing as we had to make adjustments to the bait’s thickness before we got positive results.

We had felt that Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits would have been a great solution to the ant problem due to the non-invasive nature. The baits undoubtedly helped reduce the ants, but we would not recommend them for the complete elimination of ants.

Value for Money (5.6/10)

We bought this product, hoping that we would place the baits and watch as the ants disappeared from our household. From our expectations, we were quite disappointed. We expected everything to work flawlessly; no adjustments, teardowns, or cranberry juice. By adjusting the bait’s composition to enhance effectiveness, we felt that we did not get much value for our money.

The poor value for money score on the Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits is compounded by the fact that even after adjustments, the baits were still not as effective as we would have wanted. The lack of adhesives on our product also lessened the baits’ value for money since we effectively felt like this was nothing but a rip-off.

Final Verdict 7.2

The Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits score quite highly on the scent, average on effectiveness and ease of use, and quite poorly on thickness and value for money. Compared to other ant control products, the baits’ only upside seems to be its scent. However, this might not be so much of an advantage; seeing numerous other products have pleasant aromas.

The product’s thickness was undoubtedly the biggest impediment to its effectiveness. Given the poor value for money and mixed results we got with the Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits, we gave it a final score of 7.2/10.

[FAQ’s] Consumer Questions & Answers

Should you use all eight baits right away, or can you put a few out and save the rest for another year?
Since the baits come packaged in batches of four, you can immediately use one batch and save the other for later.

How do you open the product’s housing so ants will go in and out of the trap?
The trap is usually open when you purchase the product. You do not need to do anything.

Where should you ideally place the traps?
Feel free to place the traps anywhere where ants tread on or where you know their trail passes. Such areas might include corners of rooms, doorways, under beds, and on window sills.

Do I have to punch holes or do something else on the plastic box first before placing them in the kitchen?
No, you do not have to. The traps already have holes punched into them to allow the movement of ants in and out.

Do these ant control baits come ready to use, or does one have to do something to activate the bait?
They come ready, although you can soften the bait up a little to make it more effective.

Will these baits work inside a car?
Yes, the Raid Max Double Control Ant Baits can be used inside your car.

7.2 Total Score

Scent
8.0
Thickness
6.6
Ease of Use
7.8
Effectiveness
7.8
Value for Money
5.6
PROS
  • Incredibly easy to use
  • Effective poison
  • Very mild scent
CONS
  • Poor design
  • Lack of adhesive
  • Pricey compared to alternatives
  • Not pet-friendly
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