FOOD/FEED HANDLING ESTABLISHMENTS USE
Optigard Ant Gel Bait is designed for the control of ants: excluding fire, harvester and Pharaoh ants. Attractiveness of the bait to ants is enhanced by its high moisture retention properties and the bait will remain attractive for at least two weeks following bait deployment. This bait takes advantage of ant trophallaxis (regurgitation) allowing for transfer of active ingredient throughout the colony. Ants that feed on the gel will return to their nest and transfer the bait to the queen and their young, thereby killing the queen, the young and the entire colony. Dead ants should begin to appear within days after ants have begun feeding on the bait. Substantial reduction in ants foraging should be seen within a few days to a week.
For effective management of certain ant species such as Argentine ant, reduction of food sources (such as honeydew-producing insects like aphids) near entry points around the structure is critical . Long term control is most effectively obtained with a combination of methods for ant management.
Apply using the syringe applicator or a bait injector. Apply bait in cracks, crevices, corners and out of the way places, such as under and behind kitchen appliances and baseboards, under sinks, around window and door frames, pipes and water heater and in the attic, crawl space and garage. Place multiple application spots of gel where ants are observed actively foraging or entering the structure. If the area to be treated has been recently treated with insecticide, thoroughly clean the area before applying this bait. Do not spray insecticide over gel as this may cause the bait to become repellent. Do not apply to areas that are routinely washed (such as countertops) as bait may be removed or diluted and spread onto the surface.
Food/Feed Handling Establishments Use
Food/feed areas include areas for receiving, storage, packing (canning, bottling, wrapping, boxing), preparing foods, edible waste storage, and enclosed processing systems (mills, dairies, edible oils, syrups). Serving areas are also considered a food/feed area when food is exposed and facility is in operation.
Application within food/feed areas of food/feed handling establishments is limited to crack and crevice treatment only. If bait contacts an exposed surface where food is handled, remove bait and wash exposed surface with an effective cleaning compound followed by a potable water rinse prior to use. Apply directly into cracks and crevices with syringe applicator or bait injector. Place applicator tip into cracks, crevices, holes and other small openings where ants may travel and apply small amounts of bait per spot. Apply up to 1 gram of gel per spot. Apply bait between different elements of construction, between equipment and floors, openings into voids and hollow spaces in equipment bases and legs, walls, floors and ceilings, around plumbing pipes, doors and windows, cabinets, sinks, closets, stoves and other equipment. Specifically target places where ants may enter the structure.
During follow-up visits inspect placements and reapply as needed.
Do not apply bait to areas where food/feed utensils or processing surfaces may become contaminated.