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Jan 01

Raid Ant Bait vs. Grant’s Ant Stakes

Grant's Ant Stakes

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When the weather gets cold and dry, you can be sure that ants will be looking for a nice place to stay and forage for food. When that place is your house, you have 4 basic methods at your disposal to reduce the nuisuance, or get rid of the pests:

  1. Keep your house clean and free of food crumbs and spills, and garbages emptied.
  2. Spray the ants and ant trail with insecticide
  3. Locatate and destroy the nest
  4. Use ant bait to poison and destroy the entire colony

Keeping your house clean is a good idea, but may not be completely effective. Ants will also be attracted to water, so your house will hold some attraction as a home for the colony.

Spraying your house with insecticide leaves a residue that can be harmful to humans and pets, and will only kill a small number of the ants. It will be an ongoing battle, as the ants can easily rebuild their numbers before you can kill them all.

If the ant nest is easily visible outside, locating and destroying the nest is a good plan. For household infestations this is not always possible, but for some species, such as carpenter ants, it is the only solution.

For most species, however, using ant baits is the easiest and most effective way to control an ant infestation. The two leading ant baits on the market are Grant’s Ant Stakes and Raid Ant Bait.

raid ant baits

raid ant baits

In our test, Raid Ant Bait looked promising. The bait is hidden inside small structures, so it isn’t exposed to pets or children. Unfortunately, placing the bait along baseboards, and directly in the ant trail did not generate a lot of interest in the ants. In fact, the (black) ants treated the ant bait as any other inanimate object. Several Raid Ant Baits were left out for a week, and had no effect on the ant infestation.

Grant’s Ant Stakes, on the other hand almost immediately caused an ant feeding frenzy when placed in the ant trail. The feeding lasted for about 3 days, after which no more ants were observed. Grant’s Ant Stakes appeared to be effective, as advertised.

Compare4Consumers recommends Grant’s Ant Stakes for your next ant infestation. For carpenter ants or termites, or if this product is ineffective, please consult your local exterminator.

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  1. Teenie7730

    I tried the Grant’s Ant Stakes last year at the advice from the sales rep. They were very cheap so at first I didn’t think they would really work, I was prepared to have to spen MORE money on something else. To my surprise they worked wonderfully!! I put them where I saw the ants and within a few days ALL the ants were gone!! I have the ants again this yr, and I tried to use the stakes I had left over, but it seems that they have lost the effectiveness. I will purchase another pack and see what happens.

  2. Bryan Lakin

    Just like Teenie7730, we used Grants ants baits for years without any problems. They worked very effectively when they were packaged in the metal caps. Now that you have changed to the Plastic molded enclosures, they don’t work very well at all.

    The ants just walk around them as if they can’t get in to feed; or don’t like the bait, or something. Maybe they can’t climb the slick plastic surfaces or maybe they just don’t like the smell of plastic!???

    Maybe you have changed the Bait formula. This seems likely since I took some of the baits out and laid them on the cabinet and they just walk around them too. We finally stopped our ant problems by switching to a Perithrin spray poison, but are dissapponted in Grants ants failure lately. What have you changed? It didn’t work. They don’t take the bait and they don’t leave like they used to with the old tin can enclosure.

  3. Gevril

    Just like Teenie7730, we used Grants ants baits for years without any problems. They worked very effectively when they were packaged in the metal caps. Now that you have changed to the Plastic molded enclosures, they don’t work very well at all.

    The ants just walk around them as if they can’t get in to feed; or don’t like the bait, or something. Maybe they can’t climb the slick plastic surfaces or maybe they just don’t like the smell of plastic!???

    Maybe you have changed the Bait formula. This seems likely since I took some of the baits out and laid them on the cabinet and they just walk around them too. We finally stopped our ant problems by switching to a Perithrin spray poison, but are dissapponted in Grants ants failure lately. What have you changed? It didn’t work. They don’t take the bait and they don’t leave like they used to with the old tin can enclosure.;. All the best!!

  4. bob gilman

    the new ones don’t work for me either

  5. joe

    Unlike the others, my ants have been FEASTING on the baits . They love them however I have been entertained at the fact that they have been eating the bait for 3-4 weeks now. NO exaggeration. None. So upon further reading on the active ingredient that kills the ants, it is written everywhere that it takes 2-6 weeks to be effective. I.E. they take the bait back to the nest, to the queen, thus preventing further reproduction. Sounds fine except (really 4 weeks later), I really do believe that I am providing a smorgesborg for them. I have all 4 baits in a 3 foot linear run. And , again no exagggeration, there are a continual 200 ants 24 hrs/day. It has not changed. So, unlike the others, I really dont think the active ingredient is as present in the product as it says. Made in China ?? I dont know. I just dont know what else to do. At least they aren’t on my countertops which is fine with me for now.

  6. David

    My results have been the same as your tests, and as the other commenters. The Grant’s stakes work, but not as well as when they were made of metal, usually within 2-3 days; the Raid bait boxes did absolutely nothing.

  7. jay

    The Grant’s stakes don’t work for me any more either? WTH??!!! They used to work excellently. Now the ants just walk right by.

  8. sandy rose

    The Grants ant traps DO NOT work. Is this a joke???? I put out 2 boxes in my backyard near the slider – tons of ants. The traps were out there for 2 weeks – and there were more ants. SCAM company.

  9. Chris Bollard

    They work great..but you have to take a toothpick and stir up the gel inside and maybe put a dab on the outside. Until I did that they had no interest. After that, they swarmed the bait.

  10. Chris Bollard

    They work great..but you have to take a toothpick and stir up the gel inside and maybe put a dab on the outside. Until I did that they had no interest. After that, they swarmed the bait.

  11. Ron

    I can certainly confirm the fact that the Raid ant poison had absolutely no effect. A total waste of time and money!

  12. IhateAnts

    I think il try the Grant’s Ant Stakes because the raid Ants that I got is completely worthless. This review and the comments really helped me alot. I need something that works. hopefully this will

  13. lisa

    The new ones do not work. The old formula was great. I would put them out, keep them moist and the ants would be gone for three months.

    the ants were not attracted to the new ones, so I added a little sugar water to them to get them to it, but they didn’t swarm it like the old ones and the ant problem is just as bad as ever.

  14. lisa

    they did change the formula. the metal ones had arsenic in them. Maybe too many old ladies were poisoning their neighbors with them ;o)

  15. Michelle

    I too used grant ant stakes and when they were in metal stakes they worked great and i bought them every couple of months, but now that they are plastic they don’t seem to work at all. Ants just walk around them. Wondering like the rest of the people did you change the formula as well as the plastic. If so please change it back and go back to the metal instead of plastic.

  16. Pat

    Grant’s ant stakes are worthless! They are supposed to be guaranteed but no link on their site works.

  17. Dave

    …I agree that the plastic Grant’s stakes don’t work. I’ve never used them before so can’t compare them to what came before, but the ants completely ignore them, just walk around them. I hate to say it, but but the stakes, indoor or outdoor seem to do nothing.

  18. Bill Stearns

    Ditto to everything said above. Previously, the ants loved the bait and within hours the ants were gone along with any dead bodies. Now there is no ant interest in Grant’s Ant Stakes. I also took the bait out of the container and there was no ant interest.
    I have tried Raid Ant Baits but no success.
    I have recently been using Terro Ant Killer. The bait is liquid and ants “consume” the bait until it’s gone. Ants are attracted quickly but it takes days for them to stop coming and I’m not sure the bait is actually killing the colony. If I put out more bait, more ants come.

  19. Doug F

    Instead of any of these poisons, use boric acid or diatomaceous earth. Both are almost totally nontoxic to humans & mammals, but death on ants, cockroaches & some other insects ’cause their tiny sharp-edged crystals lodge in their gills & tear them to shreds. You usually only need a thin trail across windowsills & doorjambs to keep ants completely out. If you need to attract ants already indoors (or in your walls) to the stuff, soak cotton balls in a solution of boric acid & (as bait) lotsa sugar, then leave ’em behind the fridge & under the stove & sink.

  20. Curtis

    The old style grant ant stakes were arsenic trioxide. (Good toxic stuff). The newwe version is an organic substance hydra ethanol, CAS # 67485-29-4. The old style seems to work better. It could be that the species of ant has changed in the last few years. This is in northern CA.

  21. Carol

    I am really saddened to read these responses. I have used Grant’s ant stakes for many years and always recommended them. I placed them around the outside of my house and the little critters never came in, these were the metal containers, now I’m not sure I want to try them again to bad they were marvelous in days gone by. Why do they always mess up or remove from shelves the best products?

  22. John

    The new Grant stakes do work! Just like the old stakes take a small nail stir up the poison drag some it to the outside. Position the stake flat on the surface with a spray bottle of warm water and the spray set to stream squirt water into the hole on the stake till it over flows. We had a trail of ants in the house placed the stakes as above and then used the vacuum to clean up all the dead 4 hours later. They still work great.

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